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Newcastle United owners are closing in on the appointment of Paulo Fonseca as the club’s new manager, according to reports. The Magpies have recently been in talks with the former Roma boss, who came close to joining Tottenham during the summer months.

Fonseca has quickly established himself as the top candidate to replace Steve Bruce at the helm since the latter was removed from his post on Wednesday morning.

The Portuguese coach has been identified as Newcastle’s main target by the club’s new ownership group after their Saudi-led takeover was finally completed earlier this month.

Graeme Jones will be in charge of the Magpies for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace, but it looks like Fonseca will take the reins of St James’ Park on a permanent basis soon.

Talks between Newcastle and the 48-year-old are expected to continue on Friday, with a deal on a long-term contract now in sight, according to Fabrice Romano.

It is claimed that a deal has yet to be reached, but negotiations are continuing with both sides still optimistic about a solution being reached.

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Fonseca is reportedly keen to accept the Newcastle job and is ready to take on the role as soon as the club’s board gives the green light.

A number of other prominent names have been linked to the vacancy in recent weeks, including Frank Lampard, Lucien Favre and Steven Gerrard.

However, it looks like Fonseca is getting closer to the hot seat at Newcastle as he looks to prove himself in the Premier League with the Tyneside club.

He led Roma to fifth place in Serie A last season before leaving the Italian capital at the end of the campaign to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

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Fonseca was then approached by Tottenham in order to fill the void left by Mourinho’s sacking and appeared ready to take on the role in north London after verbally agreeing to a two-year contract.

However, the proposed move fell through shortly after Fabio Paratici’s arrival as the club’s new general manager of football, with Fonseca going on to admit he was frustrated by the Italian’s hesitant approach to him. the agreement.

“The deal has been done,” he told The Telegraph last month. “We were preparing for the preseason and Tottenham wanted an attacking coach.

“It was not announced but we had planned pre-season players. But things changed when the new GM arrived and we did not agree with some ideas and he preferred another coach. .

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“I have principles. I wanted to be the coach of great teams but I want the right project and a club where people believe in my ideas, the way I play, and that did not happen with the general manager .

“This is what the president [Daniel Levy] and the sports director [Steve Hitchen] asked: build a team capable of playing attractive and attacking football and I was ready for it.

“I can’t be different. All my teams will have these intentions. Against the bigger teams, I don’t send my teams to defend close to their own area.”

It remains to be seen whether Fonseca will succeed with Newcastle, who currently find themselves in the bottom three of the Premier League.

His first task will be to get the Magpies out of a relegation fight as they seek to retain their top status by the end of the campaign.



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