Newcastle ‘interested’ in Paulo Fonseca to replace Bruce months after Spurs snub

Newcastle United have drawn up a managerial shortlist to replace Steve Bruce, with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca the latest name to be linked with a move to Tyneside.

The Suadi Arabian Public Investment Fund are desperate to find the right man for the job after letting Bruce take charge of his 1,000th game in management against Tottenham.

There were reports that the 60-year-old would be relieved of his duties before Sunday's game with assistant Graeme Jones expected to be placed in temporary charge.

But the new consortium instead opted to stick with Bruce despite him not being their long-term choice.

Daily Star Sport understands Bruce still had not had any contact from the owners up until Tuesday afternoon following the 3-2 Premier League defeat on Sunday.

Now, Sky Sports journalist Pete Graves reports that the Saudis could be lining up a move for Jose Mourinho's predecessor at AS Roma.

Graves tweeted: "Should #nufc new owners decide to part ways with Steve Bruce, we understand former Porto, Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca would be of significant interest.

"Fonseca is currently out of work and came close to joining Tottenham in the summer."

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After the departure of Mourinho at Spurs, Fonseca was rumoured to be the replacement for the 'Special One'.

The Italian confirmed to The Telegraph that a deal was in place to take him to north London.

He said: "The agreement was done. We were planning the pre-season and Tottenham wanted an offensive coach. It wasn't announced but we planned pre-season players.

"But things changed when the new managing director arrived and we didn't agree with some ideas and he preferred another coach.

"I have some principles. I wanted to be coach of the great teams but I want the right project and a club where the people believe in my ideas, my way to play, and this didn't happen with the managing director.

"It's what the chairman (Daniel Levy) and the sporting director (Steve Hitchen) asked for: to build a team who can play attractive and offensive football and I was ready for that.

"I cannot be a different way. All my teams will have these intentions. Against the biggest teams, I'm not sending out my teams to defend near their own box."

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