Report: Newcastle eyeing manager Tottenham pulled plug on this summer

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Newcastle United are considering Paulo Fonseca as a managerial candidate to replace Steve Bruce at the club, according to ESPN. 

The 60-year-old has been under pressure in Tyneside all season due to the Magpies’ huge struggles for form in the Premier League, and looks set to be replaced following the club’s recent Saudi-led takeover. 

ESPN now claim Newcastle chief Amanda Staveley has placed former Shakhtar Donetsk and Roma boss Fonseca firmly on the shortlist of candidates at St James’ Park. 

The report claims the club’s chiefs admire the Portuguese coach’s attacking style of play, which is why he has been placed high up on their wishlist. 

Fonseca, 48, who has been without a club since leaving Roma at the end of last season, came close to joining Tottenham in the summer before a last-minute change of plans prevented the move from going through. 

Spurs eventually hired Nuno Espirito Santo, which brought an end to the club’s 72-day search for a manager since Jose Mourinho’s sacking in April last season. 

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While Newcastle like Fonseca’s style of play, Spurs reportedly turned him down at the last moment because he was almost too attacking. We won’t know if he would have been a success here, so we’ve got to back Nuno to do a job while he is in charge. 

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