Paulo Fonseca is’ready to accept’ a long-term Newcastle post if given the go-ahead.


The former Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk manager has emerged as the favourite to become the new boss at St. James’ Park following the dismissal of Steve Bruce this week

Paulo Fonseca is reportedly ‘ready to accept’ a long-term contract to become the Newcastle United manager once he gets the green light from the club.

The Portuguese gaffer has emerged as the favourite to become the new boss at St. James’ Park since Steve Bruce left his position as manager on Wednesday after two years in charge.

Bruce’s former assistant Graeme Jones will take charge against Crystal Palace this weekend and has revealed he has been asked to manage the club’s next two fixtures.

Fonseca was strongly linked with the Tottenham Hotspur job in the summer but talks with the club broke down.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, talks have continued between Fonseca and Newcastle today, with an agreement on the horizon.

He wrote on Twitter: “Newcastle job. Talks will continue today between Paulo Fonseca and Magpies board – the agreement is getting closer on a long term contract.

“Not completed yet but negotiations ongoing. Fonseca prepared to accept if Newcastle board will give the ‘green light’.”

The 48-year-old Fonseca has been out of work since leaving Roma at the end of last season following two years in charge at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma finished a disappointing seventh place in Serie A last season but did reach the semi-final of the Europa League, where they were beaten 8-5 on aggregate by Manchester United.

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Fonseca also faced English opposition during his three seasons in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk, winning once and losing three times against Manchester City in the Champions League group stages in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

He also won silverware during his time at Shakhtar as they won a Ukrainian league and cup double in each of his three seasons in charge.

Fonseca has also previously been in charge at Porto, Pacos de Ferreira and Braga, where he won the Portuguese Cup in 2016.

If appointed Newcastle manager, Fonseca will inherit a side that currently sits second bottom of the Premier League and without a win after eight matches this season.

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