Paulo Fonseca eager to make Prem switch despite Spurs and Newcastle rejections

Former AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is reportedly refusing to give up on his dream of managing in the Premier League despite being overlooked by Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United recently.

He was very close to joining Spurs in the summer after being recommended to Daniel Levy by director Fabio Paratici.

However, talks broke down at the final hurdle and the club opted for Nuno Espirito Santo instead – who would only last four months in the job before being replaced by former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

After the sacking of Steve Bruce in October, Fonseca emerged as a target for Newcastle, but a formal approach never materialised.

The Magpies went on to hire former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

Despite still being out of a job, Fonseca is understood to be relaxed about his future and is biding his time until another attractive opportunity emerges in England.

According to reports, the Portuguese manager has turned down a number of job offers recently and is willing to wait until next year to get a job that excites him.

Wherever he goes, Fonseca wants to have the time and funds available to him to build a squad in his image, according to The Sun.

The 48-year-old started his managerial career in his native Portugal, achieving notable success with Braga by winning the nation's domestic cup competition in 2016.

He then earned a move to Shakhtar Donetsk and led the club to three successive Ukrainian league titles before moving on to Roma in 2019.

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During his first season at the Stadio Olimpico he guided the club to a fifth-place finish in Serie A, and led them to the semi-final of the Europa League the following year.

However, just two days before the semi-final second leg against Manchester United, Roma announced that Fonseca would be leaving at the end of the season.

He was replaced at the helm by Jose Mourinho, who had left Spurs two months prior.

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