The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards has dropped a brief two-word update on Newcastle United’s managerial pursuit of Paulo Fonseca.
After initially seemingly like Villareal boss Unai Emery would be lured away from Spain to take the helm at St James’ Park, the former Arsenal manager revealed he would be staying put in his home country earlier on Wednesday.
And now, following a question from a fan on Twitter about whether the Magpies would turn their attentions back towards Fonseca, Edwards simply said a move for Fonseca now is “very unlikely”.
Talk about making a complete mess of things.
After dilly-dallying over removing Steve Bruce as manager, the Magpies’ new owners appeared to have fumbled the bag with what appeared to be their leading contender for the job in Emery.
In Fonseca though, they would have got someone with similarly extensive experience of managing top clubs in European competition, not least with the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk and AS Roma most recently.
A profile from The Shields Gazette revealed: “Fonseca is renowned for a high-pressing and attacking style of football. Often favouring a 4-2-3-1 or a 3-4-2-1 formation, Fonseca’s philosophy revolves around intense pressing and swift and dynamic attacks when they win the ball back.
“The 48 year-old also likes his teams to play out from the back and with an entertaining brand of football on offer, this could be an exciting appointment for Newcastle United supporters.”
Indeed, Fonseca himself has previously gone on record to say: “My coaching philosophy? Well, I have very clear ideas – ideas I think you can see in my teams. That involves having the ball, taking the initiative and being an offensive team. These are the aspects that define my game and my aim in matches.”
A move for Fonseca would have been a superb back-up option given his credentials, but Edwards’ latest update on him is sure to have Magpies fans fuming not only at missing out on another potential manager, but what this whole saga has now turned into.