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Newcastle Head Coach Likely To Be Announced Before Saturday’s Home Game Against Chelsea



There’s some news in Eurosport today that Paulo Fonseca is confident he interviewed well for the Newcastle job.

He presented his vision both short-term and long-term for the club, and also listed 5 signings for the January transfer window.

These were all loan signings (players not revealed) and these would seem possible in the difficult winter transfer window rather than big permanent signings which will definitely happen in the summer.

Fonseca, the former Roma and Porto coach, is also the clear favorite among fans for the management position among those who are thought to be on Newcastle’s shortlist.

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About one-third of our fans prefer Fonseca over the other coaches.

Here’s the short piece that’s in Eurosport today

“Paulo Fonseca’s Newcastle vision made a good impression as he outlined how to save them short term – and then made clear how he could build for the future.”

“His pitch for the manager’s job included listing five potential loan signings he believes can make a big impact for January.”

“It is unclear how long the process is going to take as Newcastle plot to name Steve Bruce’s successor – yet Fonseca believes he has given himself a great chance.”

While Fonseca is letting it be known he is confident about getting the Newcastle job, the same thing happened over the summer with the Spurs vacant manager position.

He said the deal was done but that fell through in June – for some unknown reason.

The search for a new head coach cannot take too long, and there seems a decent possibility the new manager could be announced before Saturday’s home game against League leaders Chelsea – and that should help give our players a lift.

I could be wrong with my track record of being wrong only 5,999 (approximately) since the blog was started back in April 2007, but we shall see.

🙂

The lads will need some lifting after Chelsea demolished Norwich City 7-0 last weekend – the Canaries are the only club currently beneath us in the league table and rock-bottom.

With Manchester United, according to the press, looking for a new manager to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after the weekend’s disastrous 5-0 drubbing at home to Liverpool, some other top potential contenders – like Antonio Conte, for example, are now being linked with the Red Devils.

We think Fonseca would be a very decent signing as the new Newcastle head coach.

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What do you think?

Comments welcome.


313 comments so far

  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Here’s a clear example of what I’ve been getting at.

    https://twitter.com/gallowgatetwee1/status/1453010822079254528?s=21

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s very much a case of believe what you want, but they’re all making it up. 😆

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  • sparky55

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #3

    repost. I seem to remember Souness explaining he was ill quite a few times in explaining his long term absence, and making it clear to everyone it wasn’t lifestyle related but couldn’t go into more detail.

    Does that ring any bells with anyone else?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #4

    I believe you Ed, but I’m usually wrong more than I’m right as well. 😆

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  • Mund

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Make sure you ain’t wrong anymore Ed or you will have the boogeyman on to you 😉

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  • SholaShow

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #6

    If Martinez comes in expect one or two of these players.

    Lots of his Belgian favourites out of contract in the next 18 months –

    Summer 2022

    Denayer – 26yo ball-playing CB for Lyon, very solid, quick across the ground and reads the game well. Would take in a heartbeat. Ideal PL CB for a back 3. Let down by being alongside the ageing pair of Vertonghen and Aldeireweld in particular for the national set-up.

    Mertens – 34yo now at Napoli but still going strong, might be good for 18 months, firstly as backup to Wilson and then 3rd choice for one season.

    Origi – 26yo now – we all know about him, physical ST for Liverpool, like a b-grade Lukaku. Better back-up than Gayle for sure, but think his reputation and wages he would command far exceeds ability.

    Witsel – 33yo in Jan. Dortmund versatile midfielder. Better options around, pass.

    Januzaj – 26yo winger now in Spain, never really did it at Man U and over 100 matches now in La Liga with nothing to write home about. Pass.

    Summer 2023

    Dendoncker – currently 26yo Wolves DM, can also play CB. Another versatile that doesn’t really convince he can offer much more than likes of Hayden.

    Tielemans – Currently 24yo – verging on world-class playmaker status at Leicester. we’d all love him.

    Trossard – About to turn 27yo in a month, at Brighton and continuing to grow, proven he’s a good standard PL player that can play anywhere across the pitch behind a ST, would be a good player to have in the squad.

    Benteke – 31yo in a month, powerful ST that smashed us at weekend, enough said. Solid PL target man, just struggles to finish with his feet these days for some reason.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 27, 2021 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #17
    catchy

    If he improves the U23s he could come from a non league club from Tiera Del Fuego as far as I’m concerned! ?

    Ok, both nufc and Sunderland are in division 2. Nufc are 7th and Sunderland are 10th.

    I repeat our first signing is from Sunderland and a backwards one at that.

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  • toon22

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #8

    After watching Everton play I’d guess the team thinks somethings up
    They were awful, couldn’t defend for toffee

    I’m not sure if it is going to be Rafa but his team seemed to think so

    😉

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh Scotland 🙄

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  • hibbit

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    only the sun running with the rafa story if you want to believe it,

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Shola, I’m glad you just said 1 or 2. 🙂

    That’s a big list, but only 1 or 2 stand out right now, with Tielemans being the outstanding one, I’d have him in a heartbeat. 😉

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  • TheTinman

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #12

    And Catchy just what do you know about this new coach? Come off it.

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  • Mund

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa won’t happen 100% as like I said and surely we all know this, that he doesn’t break contracts and there is no chance of Everton getting rid at this stage.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Interesting that that may have been an interview tactic by Amanda and co….”give us your analysis of the players we have, our style of play, how it can be developed in the short term, and name 5 players whom you would target in January, to bring is immediate improvement”

    Hell I should be on the interview panel. 🙂

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #15

    I think it would be a PR win to have the new manager paraded before the Chelsea game the atmosphere would be unreal

    The feel good factor would even be enough to see us get a result

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  • Mund

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #16

    When was a coach ever considered a first singing?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Every paper has its own combination of guesswork, I suppose one of them’s going to get it right. 🙂

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  • Mund

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Signing*

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #19

    I have a strong feeling that Fonseca has a good PR team behind him, and that may n=be why he is in the lead, and why so many are well disposed twoards him.

    Ideally Favre for me, followed by a younger coach of similar tactical persuasion ( if we like it, and it is effective) in 2 years time

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #20

    @Munster

    So Fonseca what do you think of our current style of play?

    “Well I have watched Newcastle under Bruce for the last 50 games why is Shelvey playing at DM on his own? Why is Joelinton playing? Who is this Hendrick guy? Dwight Gayle looks very angry !

    Just a few of his observations 🙂

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #21

    If we do stay up and do get a decent manager in then I would take Lewandowski as the first big signing in the summer to attract other big names.
    If we look fairly safe in January then a couple of hard working, know what you’re going to get kind of players will do for me in January.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #22

    Personally, I’d love it if the board called in someone from the Chronicle and gave them the exclusive. Somehow, that would feel right.

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #23

    I’ve an awful feeling it ain’t Fonseca, think they got worried about his lack of experience. I’ve a feeling we’re going to be really happy or really annoyed with whoevers appointed.

    Based on absolutely nothing btw, lol.

    I’m not sure I’d want Rafa back, I think the asent would be much slower under him, I think his signings would be solid but underwhelming and his style of play while it might be what we need right now its not going to be what we need even by the Summer.

    You feel Fonseca could be a masterstroke and he could take to us like a duck to water or its going to be a disaster. I’ve a feeling that risk is what puts them off if it’s not him.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #24

    I still see it as a AJAX combo and believe the consortium may offer Hag an offer he cannot refuse!

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  • SholaShow

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Bob

    Denayer in Jan along with Coady to refresh our CBs, then Tielemans in the summer would do us nicely!

    I think if we stay up and with the reset button hit on the league, everybody at 0, we could easily be in with a chance of a player like him.

    Our main problem is going to be prising players away in January when PL status is going to still be in jeopardy.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #26

    I’ve got no problems with loans in January, DVB being my preffered choice, not sure how Tarkoski and Lacazette could be loaned mind.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #27

    I think the reason for the hold up may be trying to get the mix of DOF and Manager right.

    So for example we might like Overmars, and he may want a certain manager, who is in second place after interviews.

    So I guess they have to decide who counts most as a first appointment – the DOF , or the manager.

    Has to be the manager.

    Someone suggested Rafa as DOF. That wont work – he is too hands on – and his style of football is becoming archaic – witness our game v Everton under Fat Sam – sytle of football identical on that night.

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  • ITUNDERASHELL

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #28

    £11 million opening offer?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #29

    As head of the know nowt clan, my opinion on whose coming in would be as useful in filling the vacuum as anything the papers come up with, but equally as wrong.

    So, I’m sticking to my assertion that the board know what they are doing and I trust them to bring in the right people.

    If they don’t, I’ll join in the chorus of derision. 😉

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  • Sir Pugalot

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #30

    None of us have a clue as to who and when

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Shola @23 agreed.

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  • Sir Pugalot

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Although, Sir Pugalot was chatting to a Frenchie whose owner knows the person who knows somebody else. It is a done deal… Unfortunately Sir Pugalot can’t rememberthe name….nor talk

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  • TTB@W ARMY

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #33

    As they are all paper talk we might not be going for any of them for our new manager. Would love to be totally shocked when ( if ) the announcement comes and think wow didn’t see that one coming.

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  • catchy in norway

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #34

    TheTinman

    Absolutely nothing, my main point was the new owners first signing which will go down in history is an under 23 coach from Sunderland.

    We didn’t raid Ajax, we didn’t go to Dortmund, or some other top team.

    If I was a betting man, if he was any good, he would have that team doing better than 10th in the second division. When you read his history, it’s been largely at Sunderland and they haven’t pulled up any trees in recent years.

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #35

    I swear I scream everytime I hear us associated with Lacazette. He’s just not that good, doesn’t score many and would cost a fortune in wages. He’s not even good in a poor Arsenal team how do people expect him to be better in an even worse Newcastle team.

    If these are the types of players we’re after or anyone over 31, I’ve a feelin we’re going to be going nowhere fast.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #36

    My one man, all day attack on the press either has universal approval or disapproval, or more likely no give as a ….. 😆

    So I’ll let you all off the hook and stop now, while I think of a different subject…….

    How about…. I wonder who our next manager will be?? – sounds like it might have mileage that one. 🙂

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  • cleveleysbob

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #37

    No one gives..

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  • hibbit

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #38

    i can see us going Dutch ,
    the clogs are already lining up,

    4
  • captainmarvel

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Regarding Rafa nobody knows what has been going on the background, there are many at Goodison (supporters) that dislike him because he managed Liverpool..
    Perhaps he or his family have been threatened..
    I am not promoting him I am just making an observation.

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  • toon22

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Get yourself on the bbc player and watch the highlights of the every game

    That team thinks somethings u

    I’m not saying it’s defo or anything, just that it’s very odd given the circumstances

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