Report: Manager rejected by Paratici set to earn more at PL rivals than Spurs offered

Paulo Fonseca
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According to The Guardian, Paulo Fonseca, who reportedly came close to becoming the next Tottenham head coach during the summer, is now in ‘advanced talks’ to take over at Newcastle United.

Fonseca, who parted ways with Roma after a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Serie A last season, was one of the candidates the North London club spoke with before they appointed Nuno Espirito Santo.

It was alleged at the start of June that Spurs had verbally agreed on a deal with the 48-year-old on a two-year contract with the option of a third.

However, it subsequently emerged that Tottenham decided to look elsewhere after Fabio Paratici had disagreements with Fonesca over transfer policies and found the Portuguese coach to have no clear plan regarding his backroom staff. 

The 47-year-old has since admitted that “everything was settled” for him to join Spurs before Fabio Paratici had a change of heart.

The Portuguese coach insisted that, while Daniel Levy and Steve Hitchen wanted an attacking style of play, Paratici had different ideas. 

ESPN reported earlier this week that the Magpies were considering Fonseca to replace Steve Bruce after their Saudi-led takeover.

According to The Guardian’s latest info, Newcastle are in advanced talks with the former Roma man after parting ways with Bruce.

This information is also backed up by Sky Sports, who claim that Fonseca is ‘the front-runner’ to take over at St James’ Park. Fabrizio Romano has also reported that Fonseca is ready to accept the job. 

CalcioMercato reported in the summer that Spurs had offered Fonseca £3.4m to £4.2m per year, but The Telegraph report he could be set to earn as much as £6m per year at Newcastle.

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It will be interesting to see how the Fonseca goes at Newcastle if he does get the job. While it is easier for any manager to do well if he is backed in a major way (as the 47-year-old is going to be at St James’ Park), we are going to find out if Paratici was right to have reservations about him.

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