Newcastle set sights on 48-year-old manager with nine trophies to his name - report

Newcastle United have reportedly set their sights on Paulo Fonseca, according to The Mirror.

The Magpies are under new ownership as a Saudi-led consortium officially took over the club on Thursday.

Steve Bruce is currently in the St James’ Park dugout, but there have been reports suggesting he’s likely to be moved on.

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A report from the Daily Mail claims the new Newcastle owners have opted to sanction the £8million payoff clause in Bruce’s contract.

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And Fonseca, who previously managed Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma, has emerged as a potential replacement at SJP.

The 48-year-old won the Ukrainian league and cup double in all three seasons with Shakhtar, plus a Ukrainian Super Cup.

Fonseca previously enjoyed spells at Sporting Braga, Pacos Ferreira and Porto, and came close to joining Spurs over the summer.

He has nine trophies to his name – seven with Shakhtar, a Portuguese Cup with Braga, and a Portuguese Super Cup with Porto.

Fonseca is currently a free agent, another appealing factor for the new Magpies owners if they’re to change managers mid-season.

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When Roma appointed Fonseca in 2019, they published an article featuring a number of quotes about his style of play and inspirations.

“My coaching philosophy? Well, I have very clear ideas – ideas I think you can see in my teams,” he told a UEFA summit.

“That involves having the ball, taking the initiative and being an offensive team. These are the aspects that define my game and my aim in matches.”

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