Paulo Fonseca’s Tottenham comments suggest he still favours Newcastle after Nuno sacking

Nuno Espirito Santo reviews Spurs' defeat against Manchester United

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Tottenham manager target Paulo Fonseca has already made comments which might suggest he would prefer to join Newcastle if given the choice. Both clubs are looking for new managers after Spurs sensationally sacked Nuno Espirito Santo after just four months. 

Fonseca is a favourite for both jobs, just as he was when Spurs were hunting for Jose Mourinho’s successor in the summer.  

Newcastle are still searching for Steve Bruce’s replacement. The 60-year-old was dismissed just two weeks after the eye-watering £305million takeover of the Magpies earlier this month.  

Spurs became the second Premier League club without a manager when they dismissed Nuno following the 3-0 thrashing by Manchester United. The North Londoners failed to register a shot on target. 

Nuno appeared unlikely to turn around a poor period of form. He had suffered defeats against Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Arsenal, West Ham and Vitesse before losing to United. 

It is an incredible turn of events given the chaotic recruitment process that led to Nuno’s appointment on 30 June. 

Former Roma boss was one of many who initially seemed likely to replace Mourinho during the summer. But the Portuguese has criticised Spurs for going back on their promise to allow him to oversee an attack-minded philosophy, with the appointment of Fabio Paratici as managing director of football key to reverse in the plan.  

“The agreement was done. We were planning the pre-season and Tottenham wanted an offensive coach,” Fonseca told the Telegraph in September.  

“It wasn’t announced but we planned pre-season players. But things changed when the new managing director (Paratici) 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 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. In Rome or Shakhtar in the Champions League against the biggest teams, I’m not sending out my teams to defend near their own box.” 

Fonseca might instead choose Newcastle, where he will be granted millions to set about building his own project. 

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Director Amanda Staveley, who helped broker the incredible purchase from the deeply unpopular Mike Ashley, has made huge promises. The businesswoman has told supporters that the new manager will be supported by the addition of ‘world-class’ signings.  

“We are in the market to compete for world-class players,” she said in an interview with The Sun. 

“We have great ambitions — I hope it’s going to be a game changer for Newcastle United. But if you don’t put the infrastructure around that world-class player and you don’t have a team that can play with him, you’ll get nowhere.”

She added: “The training ground is really awful and needs a huge amount of investment. Luckily, that is one area we are not restricted by Financial Fair Play. 

“There is no point in having fantastic players if there is nowhere for them to train. 

“To get to the top of the Premier League you need a strong foundation, not just great players. They need to be robust and we need to build them. We also want to invest in St James’ Park — it needs a little bit more love.”
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