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Newcastle are yet to find a new manager after they sacked Steve Bruce last week with Graeme Jones to remain the club’s interim boss for the time being. And new reports say ex-Roma manager Paulo Fonseca is no longer the favourite to be the long-term successor to Bruce.
Bruce, 60, was sacked after two years in the job at his boyhood club, despite staving off relegation and recording finishes of 12th and 13th in the Premier League respectively – with fans unhappy with the brand of football he employed.
And with the side currently in 19th, there were bigger shouts than ever to sack him given that the club’s takeover earlier this month has given them vast sums of money to attract a significantly more reputable replacement – and those prayers were answered by the board.
Fonseca was linked with the Magpies’ job heavily after leaving Roma in the summer to be replaced by Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager left the Italian capital with an excellent 52 per cent win record, although he failed to take the Giallorossi to their first piece of silverware since 2008.
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And despite heavy rumours linking the former Shakhtar Donetsk boss with the manager’s job at St James’ Park, there is a new favourite in the running, according to BILD.
Lucien Favre, most recently at Borussia Dortmund, is reportedly the favourite and may link up with Marc Overmars – who has been touted as a target for the Magpies as they look to instal a director of football.
“Favre and Overmars would harmonise very well, they know each other in the system,” Christian Falk told BILD.
“Fonseca and Rangnick are currently out of the picture, but they are also candidates.”
Overmars, now director of football at Ajax, played for Arsenal for three seasons, winning the double in 1997-98 under Arsene Wenger.
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And the Dutchman has been in his role at Ajax for nine years, overseeing a huge overhaul of talent in his time in Amsterdam including Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech to name but a few.
Newcastle chiefs reportedly believe he would be the ideal candidate to take the club to the upper echelons of the league.
And due to his supposed close relationship with Favre, the two could go hand in hand to bring the Magpies glory once again.
Favre will have a big transfer kitty if he takes the job at St James’ Park, although director Amanda Staveley has hinted that there may not be as much money spent in the January transfer window as first thought.
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“The January transfer window is not the best time,” Staveley said.
“The best window is always the summer.
“Our objective is to invest at all levels: we will recruit for the first team, but also for the women’s team and the youth teams. We want to improve our infrastructure.”
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