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Available Manager Who Almost Landed Spurs Job Now On Newcastle’s List – Report

Steve Bruce has survived the first 48 hours of a new regime on Tyneside. However, it’s looking very likely that he’ll not last much longer. Even Bruce admitted as much in an exclusive interview with Luke Edwards after the takeover was announced saying:

“I want to continue, I’d like the chance to show the new owners what I can do, but you have to be realistic and they may well want a new manager to launch things for them.

“New owners normally want a new manager. I’ve been around long enough to understand that.”

While Amanda Staveley was tight-lipped on the 60-year-old’s future, she didn’t exactly give him a vote of confidence when mentioning that the squad was underperforming and should be nowhere near the relegation places in the table.

The Telegraph, as The Mail did on Friday, is reporting that Steve Bruce will soon be let go. The latest report says that Graeme Jones will take over as caretaker manager until a replacement is found.

If accurate, Bruce will be stuck on 999 games managed but will collect a very useful £8m in compensation. He can hold his head up high as he did keep Newcastle in the Premier League over two very tumultuous campaigns.

Graeme Jones will likely be on the touchline for Spurs next Sunday unless the board moves very swiftly to bring in a new manager. There is no shortage of managers being linked at the moment as the list swells by the day.

Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and Rangers’ manager Steven Gerrard were touted as top candidates late on Thursday. Antonio Conte was also said to be high on the list though multiple reports stated he was not interested in a rebuild.

A few more names have since trickled in since. The Mirror has an exclusive that former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca (shown above) has been added to Newcastle’s list. The 48-year-old was moments away from becoming the next boss at Tottenham before they had a late change of heart and appointed Nuno Espirito Santo.

Fonseca plays an exciting brand of attacking football but doesn’t tend to last long in jobs. He’s already managed 9 clubs in 10 different spells since his playing days ended in 2005.

In addition to Roma, he’s managed some top clubs in his native Portugal including Porto and Braga. He also did very well at Shakhtar Donetsk which landed him the Roma job.

Another new name to crop up recently is Brighton’s Graham Potter. This comes from The Sun which simply states the 46-year-old has come into the frame after impressing with The Seagulls.

Potter has done well to keep Brighton in the Premier League since joining in 2019. They are flying this season in 6th in the table. It would be very interesting to see how Potter fares with better players. He previously managed Swansea City in The Championship and Ostersund in Sweden.

Another name that has been touted is former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. He’s been available since The Cherries dropped into the Championship in 2020. He turned down a move to Celtic over the summer and would be a very popular choice on Tynesdie.

However, Football Insider is reporting that Howe will not push for the Newcastle job as he prefers to wait to see how Ralph Hasenhuttl continues to fare with Southampton. The Saints are struggling this season and the Austrian’s job could soon be in jeopardy.

41 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 9, 2021 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #1

    When Newcastle host Tottenham, it is possible not a lot will seem different; the squad will be just as depleted and Bruce may still be on the sidelines. But the stands will be humming positive notes for the first time in a very long while, and the tune will be not one of pain and disappointment but excitement and hope. A new era begins now. (Grauniad)

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 9, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m loving all the links to quality players. All of a sudden they are all realistic targets within our reach. Some may not come due to league position lack of euopean football etc but money talks and realistically we could buy anyone.

    Loving how all the other clubs in the world a scared sh1tless lol

    Would really like us tonpoach all the best players in the league and all the best promising young stars out there in the world. I would prefer that to past it mercenaries looking for a pay day.

  • WLtoon

    Oct 9, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Morning all, i haven`t even attempted to read the posts , it would take too long, so if i mention something that has already been said then apologies.

    I hope we don`t sign Coutinho as rumoured, he was linked with us 2 years ago but now i think he is slightly passed his best and at 80M i think it would be a total waste of a squad number.
    On the manager front , i don`t want Gerrard anywhere near the club, he won Rangers the title in SCOTLAND, have you seen his record in Europe against below par teams in the Europa lge, shocking.
    We need someone with proven PL experience , doesn`t have to be foreign either, someone like Rogers, or Potter working alongside Jones would be a good combo imo.

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 9, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Maybe Fonseca is the guy until end of season, especially if he doesn’t last long in jobs lol.

    Gives us time to sort DOF and a manager to rebuild.

    I like Potter, I like lots of managers, glad I’m not choosing.

    It’s cool, I’m easy, we’re no longer beggars!

  • DrGloom

    Oct 9, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    Not sure why all the love for Potter , Brighton have a huge net spend in last five years and have been fighting relegation almost every year … Play nice football but have signed some right duds

  • The Ledge

    Oct 9, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Would love to see sign
    Kalvin Phillips from Leeds he is exactly what we need right now.

  • WLtoon

    Oct 9, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    The owners of some of the PL clubs might feel bitter, worried, jealous of Newcastle United right now, who gives a shit, but there are plenty of supporters of the greedy 6 getting excited about the competition that Nufc can bring.
    Try watching a few vids on Youtube and you will find plenty of Chelsea and Manure fans almost creaming themselves over how this club will approach the future transfer windows.
    These are true football supporters who love watching big names, not just for their team but in general, names you can get excited about, names who can make your Saturday watching your team even more exciting.
    Its true there is a lot of bitterness too, but in general i think true football fans throughout the country simply can`t wait to see how Newcastle United rock n roll.

  • Mund

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Just a bit of an appreciation post for Daniel Jowell.

    DeMarco gets all the fame but we need to remember this guy as he is just as important if not the most important and effective move in the whole saga.

    His outstanding performance during the CAT case looks to have had major moves towards this happening

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    If memory serves me correct there is no way the BBC can demand information from the PL under any act of Parliament.

    The PL is a private company so is not legally obliged to provide any information to anyone.

    The BBC is a public company and has to supply requests for info under the Freedom of Information Act.

    You can ask the PL for info but they’ll tell you to clear off.

    I mean if there are private deals going on – above board – well fair enough – but the vast majority of info will not be high secret stuff and that is the problem now.

    Needs independent oversight.

  • fairscup

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail – How about Jail for Hoffman

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #11

    Fonseca is another risk with the players we have the league really screwed us delaying the takeover which I suspect was part of the plan

    10 games into a new season we need someone who can get the team to stop conceding terrible goals and get our fitness levels up

  • Shelvey

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    We will be able to spend a lot of money in january. Would really love to buy Kalvin Phillips and koulibaly. New right back, creative midfielder, striker and a winger

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #13


    Totally agree!

    Jowell schooled the PL in business law.

    They thought it was a Jurisdiction hearing when it was a ID parade.

    Common practice to have more than one case running against the same people, coming from more than one angle pressures your opponent.

    Once Jowell showed SJHL were a separate entity to Nufc and Ashley, he had multiple other cases proving this was legal and common practice.

    The CAT case would’ve got the green light 100%

    The PL simply had no legal argument to stop it!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #14

    Fairscup – yup I agree Jail should go for that one very relevant.

  • WLtoon

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    The CAT case is what pushed the deal over the line, it`s no coincidence the PL passed the TO only a week after Jowell spilled the beans in front of the nation.
    Jeez what skeletons do the PL have in their closet. Even more corrupt than anyone first thought, i think we can safely say that whatever Nufc do from here on in then the PL won`t be interfering incase of more revelations being let out the bag.
    Do Newcastle have a hold over the PL ? In other words `stay out of our business or we will reveal everything` kind of situation.

  • The Ledge

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #16

    Spot on mund he was brilliant

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Did Tricky Nicky post anything after takeover?

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    OP – identity parade gag — very good.

  • fairscup

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #19

    WL – Got them by the bollocks.

  • wartongeordie

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Is it just me or does anyone else believe that Amanda Staveley is the most genuine and caring owner we could possibly have, I adore her already.

  • The Ledge

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #21

    Op .he did a picture of him enjoying a brown ale

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #23


    Good for him, hope he enjoyed it watching our celebrations!

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Cheers fairs

  • WLtoon

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Mick Lowes on the wraith show this morning is a class act. Watch it if you get the chance, totally black n white daft.

  • ¥

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #26

    New regime new identity. I was so bored with there being so little to talk about in a football sense, and so much squabling on here I threw myself into a number of identities. So many I’ve lost track. Amongst other things I’ve been

    Steve Bruce
    a dinosaur (who is about to do one)
    a robot
    a sausage
    the blog policeman
    …and many others I simply can’t recall

    Joined the blog way back when, and was known as Small World.

    Anyhow glad to say hello as ¥, and happy to occasionally join in what is hopefully going to be a constructive dialogue about football and the club. There’ll be quite a few less “randoms” turning up, or at least on my behalf.

    This one is for keeps :0)

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #27

    Should get Keith Jowell DeMarco and a few others out on the pitch before a match!

    Let the fans show their appreciation!

  • thereallowickmag

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #28

    Spot on mund. I have no doubt the CAT panel had told both sides the case will be heard. All thanks to Danny and his team.

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #29


    It was a game of who’s who!

    We’re going to prove who we are, then we’re going to show the WHOLE WORLD who you are!

    ID parade 😉

  • Unused Substitute

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #30

    Fonseca’s record is as risky as Roberto Martinez. They may get us to play sleek football (that’s not too difficult: even McClaren got us to play sooth to watch football in patches) a cup but may get us relegated.

  • The Ledge

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #31

    Oops it was the black stuff he celebrated with.

  • Optimistic prime

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #32

    Someone should pass that on to someone involved with the club via Twitter.

    A show of gratitude is the least these guys deserve!

  • TyneMouth

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #33

    It is wonderfully ironic, that before last Thursday lunchtime, the ultimate hopes of all our fans was to get rid of an owner, who’s singular ambition was to complete the season in 17th place in the league. No more, no less!

    Fast forward to Thursday evening, Ashley is gone, and the new reality is …
    The World’s your oyster, but the most critical priority is…17th place, pretty please!

    Time to dream, time to plan, but don’t forget; ….17 is all and everything!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #34

    People having a gripe at the BBC the Guardian Private Eye and any other paper broadcaster.
    When Freedom of Speech and Investigative Journalism is stopped blocked then this Country is finished.
    sue the deal the government tried to keep secret about selling the Olympic Stadium to West Ham

  • Mund

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #35

    That would be a great idea OP

  • geordietom

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #36

    Good morning to all on here , still buzzing here whhat a time to be a Toon FAN aint it …

    the greedy 6 teams ruffling their feathers well sod them its to late the deals been signed sealed and delivered …

    great to see posters back who have been MIA WELCOME BACK LADS …

    JAIL if your about i think what the wife said about your name ” JAIL BREAK ” is a good shout , HWTL …

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #37

    Hear, hear, Charlie.

  • ¥

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #38

    geordietom #36: There is an argument that Jail For Ashley is still valid.

    Does Ashley get to wipe the slate clean after 1 day, given the 14 years of mismanagement?

    I reckon there is at least enough to more than simply press charges :0)

    Though sticking with new names and new starts JAIL BREAK is a good shout.

  • Pottsclock

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #39

    To be honest, I really don’t want us to spend ridiculous amounts of money on big name players in January. I want enough recruitment to ensure that we are at no risk of relegation and have time to build the club, not just the team, properly.
    After that invest in coaching, training, scouting and football management. Improve the training facilities and resources that will attract young talent.
    Then go and get the best young talent in the world and develop it with the best management.
    We really have lost our soul if we think that the way forward is to immediately splash big bucks on the likes of Coutinho, Pogba, Greizmann etc. We can let the likes of ManU, Chelski, Real Madrid, PSG go and spoil football for everyone by doing that but I want us to be a sustainable club with good DNA that will continue, even if the ownerships changes in the future.
    And that was the real disaster under Ashley, that we let the club’s infrastructure rot.

  • Big Archie

    Oct 9, 2021 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #40

    Brendan Rodgers Steven Gerrard Paulo Fonseca Graham Potter
    Eddie Howe.
    Are these really the managers that the richest club in the world are going to consider?
    What have any of them done?
    And what happened to “premier league” experience?
    And that league north of the border with just 2 team in it doesn’t count.
    Does anyone really think City or Chelsea would take them on?
    Bruce has done his job – he kept us in the prem so love him or hate him, he deserves the credit


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