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‘Front Runner’ Ready To Accept Newcastle Offer – Report



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.

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78 comments so far

  • Mund

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #1

    I guess I’m just a brilliant guesser 😎

    Got to work on 6 numbers later….

    5
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #2

    Someone else can be 1st.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Good planning there! 🙂

    0
  • Swablr

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Hibbitt…bloody hell, of course it is. Brain fart there. Cheers.

    0
  • lochinvar

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Which DoF will he work with ?

    The Dutch guys seem like a good bet as they come with the same mind set and the Dutch would seem to be a good fit

    5
  • jane

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Mund have got a hot line to The Shields Gazette? impressive!

    5
  • Mund

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Pffffft the shields gazette has a hot line to me 😉

    8
  • jane

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #8

    “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.”

    lets not rule Graeme Jones out.

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #9

    So he hasn’t landed in Newcastle, just apparently has. Caulkin reckons nothing will happen this week but the twitterati, who we know how accurate they are, reckon he’s landed in Newcastle.

    9
  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Campos and Fonseca are both very tasty

    2
  • Mund

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    Waving hand Graeme Jones in attendance at tonight’s U23 game!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FCkHaJmXEAcyfgS?format=jpg&name=large

    2
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Well Mund it will be some craic here dude if u get both correct :). A couple of Jim Henson’s creations won’t be amused! 🙂

    3
  • Not another deJong

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #13

    GUARDIAN – Newcastle’s commitment cheers caretaker Jones
    After a week that saw him entrusted with reviving Newcastle’s fortunes, Graeme Jones’s first match as a manager since taking charge of Luton’s 0-0 draw with Wigan back in April 2020 went as well as could be expected. While the coach who gave up his temporary post with Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad in August saw his side ride their luck against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Jones was delighted with the commitment shown to earn a fourth point of the campaign – even if a first win still eludes them. Jones is expected to be in charge when Chelsea come to St James’ Park this weekend and could even remain for the trip to face Brighton on 6 November. “The win is going to come sooner or later – we know that,” said defender Emil Krafth. “We just have to keep on fighting and show what we are.”
    Ed Aarons
    ——————————————————————————

    A bunch of Championship players who need coaching to create a ‘mass greater than their parts’??

    5
  • jane

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #14

    did they appointment a replacement under 23 coach after Gary Caldwell’s short stint ended last month. whoever it is is doing ok.

    1
  • Moonraker15

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Repost:
    We now have the security that whatever the outcome this season, we are owned by a consortium who are committed to success for our great club. This is a great feeling as it looks like they are prepared to fight any resistance as they don’t ‘do’ failure.
    We’ve never been here before EVER and I’m going to enjoy every minute!
    Howay the Lads!

    10
  • SholaShow

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Let’s not pretend a year in the Championship (arrogantly assuming it would be just a year) wouldn’t be immensely frustrating, set us back considerably and be indicative of a failed manager appointment.

    It’d be agony for us to go backwards now. I want no more of that, which is why I want…….

    #FavreIn

    13
  • Mund

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Kevin Richardson is taking the u23s until a replacement is found

    1
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Yes Munster, what’s the old adage about a broken clock 🙄

    6
  • Mund

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Shola

    All it does mate is put us back a year but I believe that won’t happen.

    0
  • Ashingtoon62

    Oct 25, 2021 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Steven Taylor a canny listen, live now..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMTQoNJn-X4

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Munster

    Just booked flights and hotel for the 4 times postponed Simple minds concert in Dublin but have now realised it’s Easter weekend!!! Does that mean everything is closed down for that weeked?

    2
  • Not another deJong

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Supposedly, Fonsecas’ Agent is very good at drumming up PR ahead of commitments being made. Look at the way he was supposedly joining Spurs. Whether it is a ploy to secure employment or a bigger salary, releasing information before an agreement is in place could be a big mistake. Especially after the ownership process, the Saudis need to verify anything and the precedent for not following the media line.

    3
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Ashingtoon,
    The Gazette are saying we’re in talks with Overmars, that Fabrizo Rimano is saying we’ve got to make a decision on Fonseca. Not sure why they’d fly him in while they made there minds up.

    2
  • Mund

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    ·
    18s
    CHARLIE WIGGETT PULLS ONE BACK FOR THE YOUNG MAGPIES!

    #NUFC // #PL2

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FCkT8iWXoAo5rJ1?format=jpg&name=medium

    1
  • Mund

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    ·
    11s
    It’s an eighth #PL2 goal of the season for Dylan Stephenson as the striker controls Shelvey’s lofted pass before firing a low effort into the bottom left-hand corner!

    [2-2]

    #NUFC // #PL2

    2
  • Mund

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Shelvey involved in both goals

    1
  • Ashingtoon62

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail,exactomondo!

    The link I posted to NUFC Fans Saylor is a canny listen…

    0
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Rotonda, all bars closed Easter, except maybe hotel bars, for religious reasons.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda, only joking, all open here now. Nightclubs opened the other day if you fancy it:)

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Shola, I’m with you on Favre. Fonseca concerns me. He may even be hugely overrated? Sorry Mund!

    3
  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Rotunda – Simple Minds are ok -ish.

    Saw them about 3 years back – they were on the same bill as Texas at the Roman Amphitheatre in Nimes.

    Probably would not pay to see them again. But the Roman Amphitheatre still providing entertainment for crowds for 1500 years was tremendous.

    A week after the first concert we again went to the Roman Amphitheatre to see Marylyn Manson. He was crap – complete waste of money.

    Wouldn’t minds another trip there – mabye to see Lenny Kravitz – he seems to perform there quite a bit.

    0
  • SiOliver

    Oct 25, 2021 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Looks like Shelvey has found his level

    7
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 25, 2021 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Never understood why our senior players never played in the unders to get fitness levels up

    Bruce was always chucking players in the deep end when they were coming back from injury

    Not the biggest Shelvey fan but fair play for him trying to get in shape although I doubt he’s getting picked for Saturday

    2
  • count

    Oct 25, 2021 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #34

    gonufc (Andy O’Brien’s Cracking Snoot)

    Where do you think the Saudis got their money?

    0
  • sparky55

    Oct 25, 2021 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Shelvey will ask for a move…he’s our highest paid player and the player with the lowest golfing handicap…cos he played golf 5 days a week under the taskmaster that was Steve Bruce.

    If he has to go to work 5 days a week like a normal player he’ll be off in a flash…the man just got lazy…you can see it the way he plays…waste of a huge talent if you ask me but it’s his own fault.

    Ring the changes Fonzie me auld mucker

    Onwards and upwards

    Sheikh rattle and roll 🙂 🙂

    6
  • carltoon

    Oct 25, 2021 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #36

    No! He’s not lazy, he’s a fantastic trainer, has his own trainer during holidays as well, he’s also a nice person, he may not last long now we have new owners, but I’ll tell you what the remaining midfielders couldn’t lace his boots.

    8
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 25, 2021 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Sparky, shelvey could be a central player for Fonseca, who looks for a creative deep lying playmaker.

    2
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 25, 2021 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #38

    They might get Ten Haag and Overmars, basically by simply paying a fair compensation and doubling their money, which I suppose would only be about the same money ball park, as the average wage of the same positions at a senior club, which financially we now are. Throw in the nature of the project and it would look very tough for them to turn down.

    Bit rough on Ajax though, but then again, surely nothing wrong with making the offer, if it makes good financial sense, given our goals, and of course just Ajax, Ten Haag and Overmars decide.

    I’m more than okay with Fonseca, because of his football philosophy, and experience at two big clubs in Shaktar and Roma, although for sure you’d need to get some upgrades in defense in January, probably two centre backs and a left back, to get him over the line this term, but Overmars and Ten Haag appear tailor made to slot straight in, and would be two really impressive appointments.

    We get those two, and you just think wow, this really is going to happen for us. We’d rise like a tide, with that sort of football nous, backed by real long term investment.

    3
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 25, 2021 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Carltoon I met Jonjo in Kildare, nice bloke. Strangely gentle in person.

    2
  • carltoon

    Oct 25, 2021 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #40

    You think the Longstaffs are anywhere near Shelveys level? They’ll never get there, Hayden? God he’s a plodder, who has an odd good game. Hendricks????. Yes i would want an upgrade on Shelvey but to keep calling him lazy is just jumping on the bandwagon.

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