‘Hottest candidate’ emerges for Newcastle with Fonseca ‘out of the picture’

Lewis Oldham
Newcastle linked boss Paulo Fonseca

Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is now “out of the picture” as there is a new “hottest candidate” to become Newcastle United’s new manager, according to reports.

The Magpies are on the lookout for a new manager as Steve Bruce left the club earlier this month.

Newcastle are currently winless in the Premier League from their nine outings. Their first game without Bruce was a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace last weekend.

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Earlier this week, it was reported that Fonseca was “ready to accept” the Newcastle job. The former Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk boss left Roma in June after two years in charge.

The 48-year-old was linked with a move to Tottenham during the summer. But Christian Falk has told Bild (as reported by Sport Witness) that Fonseca is currently “out of the picture”.

Falk later added that Lucien Favre is now the “hottest candidate” to replace Bruce.

Favre was linked with Crystal Palace before Patrick Vieira was appointed. He left Borussia Dortmund at the end of last year.

Elsewhere, Marc Overmars has been named as a candidate to become Newcastle United’s new director. Falk stated that Favre and Overmars would “harmonise very well”:

“Favre and Overmars would harmonise very well, they know each other in the system.

“Fonseca and [Ralf] Rangnick are currently out of the picture, but they are also candidates.”

Meanwhile, Alan Shearer has called for Newcastle to sign three players in January:

“I expect some action [in January] – absolutely. If that weren’t to happen, then NUFC would be in big trouble.

“The owners have said there is money to spend – but Newcastle fans, pundits and former players, we’re all going to have to be very patient because it’s not going to happen overnight, or a month, it’s going to take a long time.

“It’s going to be a certain type of player first and foremost to get Newcastle out of the relegation zone.

“Then to entertain, players who are solid and committed to the football club and are prepared to give everything.

“There will be players who will be desperate to come to Newcastle to prove themselves and to improve the squad because that is, without doubt, is what is needed. We could do with players straight down the spine.

“They’ve been poor defensively – they need a defender or two [and] certainly a creative midfielder.

“And with Callum Wilson, his career will tell you he will pick up injuries and won’t play every game. So they need another forward to put the ball in the back of the net to try and take the burden away from him for when he is and isn’t playing.

“So three players without a doubt – a centre-half, a creative midfielder and a forward.”