If Fabrizio Romano’s recent reporting is accurate, then Paulo Fonseca is ready to accept an offer to become Newcastle’s next manager. The 48-year-old held talks last week and reportedly has the support of Amanda Staveley.
Newcastle are not quite ready to pull the trigger on appointing the Portuguese just yet. Romano suggests that could mean other contenders are in the frame. However, he believes Fonseca is the clear front-runner at this point.
One potential reason the board could be hedging their bets is that they are also in the process of hiring a director. The Daily Star is reporting that Newcastle have created the position of Director of Football and are in the process of filling that role.
In his report, Ian Murtagh says that the board has already held discussions with Ajax’s Marc Overmars. Next on the list is Manchester City Academy Director Jason Wilcox (pictured above). The 50-year-old was the first name mentioned for the role on the night the takeover was announced.
Wilcox has been Man City’s Academy Director since 2017. The former-winger spent the bulk of his career with Blackburn where he won the Premier League with Alan Shearer in 1995. He also was capped by England three times.
Murtagh has Wilcox as the front-runner and is suggesting a manager won’t be named until the new Director of Football is in place. That could be one of the reasons Newcastle have not made an offer to Fonseca yet as they may want the new DoF to have input on the decision.