Paulo Fonseca was reportedly very close to becoming Newcastle United manager.
That’s according to journalist Guillem Balague, who spoke to the BBC Football Daily podcast about Newcastle’s search for a new manager.
It looks like the Magpies are going to appoint Eddie Howe, who will reportedly sign a two-and-a-half year deal at St James’ Park.
However, things apparently could have been very different – even before the Unai Emery debacle.
“Paulo Fonseca had three interviews with the decision makers at Newcastle. It got to a point where he thought he was going to be the chosen one,” Balague said.
“When they realised, or thought or assumed, that Unai Emery was going to be the one, they went back to Paulo Fonseca and said ‘no sorry it’s not going to be you’.
“He was that close, or at least he thought he was that close to getting it.”
Missed opportunity for Newcastle United?
When the speculation first started, a lot of Toon fans were very excited about the Fonseca rumours.
His attacking style appealed massively, and there were even claims that a contract was being offered to the 48-year-old.
Eventually, the talk died down and we moved on to the two-horse race of Emery and Howe.
But based on the rumours going around, it seems like Fonseca is just desperate for a job in the Premier League.
Over the summer he nearly joined Tottenham, then he was linked again when Nuno Espirito Santo left. He’s also been mentioned as a possible Dean Smith replacement at Aston Villa.
His name will likely crop up no matter who the next Premier League team is without a manager.
The fact remains that Newcastle’s owners totally botched the Unai Emery approach and it cost them.
Now they’re turning to Howe rather than Fonseca. If they were really that hot on Fonseca before Emery, surely they would have gone back to him after the Spaniard’s Toon snub…