Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is now on Newcastle’s managerial shortlist.

As per the Daily Mirror, the 48-year-old is in the frame for the role of guiding the club into a new era.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is also under consideration after winning the Scottish title last season.

Fonseca has been out of work since leaving Roma at the end of last season, where he was replaced by Jose Mourinho.

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Fonseca came extremely close to becoming Tottenham’s new manager – which would have seen him replace Mourinho.

He recently 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.”

Now he could be set for Newcastle, after his brush with the Tottenham job.

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He was reportedly a target if the takeover had gone through at the first time of asking and Fonseca is seemingly still a man of interest.

The 48-year-old has also been compared to Chelsea’s Champions League winning manager Thomas Tuchel by Henrikh Mkhitaryan in April.

As per Football Italia, the former Manchester United playmaker said “Paulo Fonseca’s a bit similar to Tuchel in that he’s trying to put players in the right position and giving them the freedom to enjoy their football.”

He has played under both men, so is well-placed to make that comparison. Tuchel has made a rapid impact at Chelsea, and if Fonseca could do the same at Newcastle, it would be sensational.

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