It’s been quiet on Newcastle’s manager search since late last week when Paulo Fonseca’s name was hitting all the headlines. The Portuguese manager has held talks with Newcastle in recent weeks including a remote meeting last Wednesday.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who is also trying to find out Ole Gunner Solksjaer’s fate at Manchester United, spoke on the Que Golazo podcast where he has provided an interesting update on Newcastle’s talks with Fonseca.
According to Romano, a preliminary agreement has been reached and the 48-year-old would accept an offer to become Newcastle’s next manager. However, the board wants to take some additional time before making its final decision.
Here is Romano’s update on Fonseca as published in The Shields Gazette:
“It’s now up to Newcastle. They have everything set with Fonseca but they need to decide if they want to go with him or do something different, talk with other managers and consider other opportunities.
“So Newcastle have not one-hundred percent decided yet, but Fonseca is the front-runner, everything is ready for him, he would be prepared to accept.
“They’re discussing about money and final things but I’m sure that Fonseca is the front-runner now.
“Let’s see if they want to do something surprising because these [talks] are going on but they’re not signing his contract or not completing his agreement so this is why they are maybe thinking of someone else or something surprising.
“But the front-runner as I speak now is still Paulo Fonseca.
“The message last week was that the beginning of this week, [that’s when] they were going to decide.
“I expect them to do it this week but if it’s not this week, it’s the following one.
“Maybe sometimes in football you are taking your time and it’s something important for Newcastle, the new ownership, new board, to decide the right manager in this difficult and particular situation.
“So they are talking and thinking about it but I think this week we will be more clear on the front-runner which as of now is Paulo Fonseca.”
It seems like Fonseca, who leads our poll as the preferred choice, is in pole position to become Newcastle’s next manager. However, with Graeme Jones in charge for this weekend’s match against Chelsea, the board is going to take some additional time to think it over.
Romano suggests this could mean they are ‘thinking of someone else’. However, there haven’t been any recent reports of any other managers with talks set for this week.
So it could be a case of the new owners taking their time to fully consider this decision. Their recent past seems to indicate that are very deliberate in their decision making as evidenced by Steve Bruce remaining on board for almost two weeks.