Athletic journalist George Caulkin has dropped a big Newcastle update, regarding the managerial situation at the club.
“I was told last night that things aren’t as advanced as that and that no formal decisions have been taken. I think there’s still a way to go in this process and more people to speak to.”
This comes after The Telegraph reported that Newcastle are ready to offer a £6m contract to the Portuguese head coach, with Caulkin playing down those claims.
Newcastle fans will be buzzing by this update from Caulkin as it leaves the possibility of Erik ten Hag taking over at St. James’ Park alive and kicking. Whilst Fonseca could be a solid appointment and has an impressive C.V, the Ajax boss has now emerged as a potential candidate.
The Magpies are reportedly looking to bring Marc Overmars in as director of football and he would like to bring his fellow countryman with him. However, Fonseca coming in would, obviously, rule out any chance of ten Hag coming to Tyneside, which is why this response from Caulkin could leave fans feeling rather excited.
PIF are taking their time with this decision and are prepared to play the long game, which could benefit Newcastle if they are able to attract someone of ten Hag’s talents. That is not to say the Portuguese would not be a solid manager for the club, as he averaged 1.77 points per game in charge of Roma in Serie A across 101 matches. He showed that he can manage a top club and do a respectable job.
As for the Dutchman, he has averaged 2.34 points per game whilst in charge of Ajax in the Eredivise across 180 matches, winning five trophies along the way. He has also led the club to 14 wins in 27 Champions League group stage or knockout matches, showing that he can manage a team successfully at the very top level.
Therefore, supporters will be delighted that Caulkin’s comments leave the door open for a potentially more exciting manager to arrive as Bruce’s replacement ahead of Fonseca. PIF are still looking at other candidates and, hopefully, Overmars will be brought in as the director of football and be able to bring his current employee along with him.
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