Newcastle ‘pushing’ for Paulo Fonseca alternative despite Amanda Staveley’s preference

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Newcastle United chiefs are reportedly still putting forward alternative candidates to Paulo Fonseca as they search for Steve Bruce’s successor as manager. Fonseca is said to have interviewed well and is one of the preferred choices of co-owner Amanda Staveley, but a number of other candidates are still in the frame to be the Premier League club’s next boss.

Graeme Jones will be in charge for Newcastle’s trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday after Bruce was sacked as manager earlier this week.

Jones said he will also be in the hotseat for the home game against Chelsea a week later, which will take the search for Bruce’s replacement into the next international break.

Fonseca is one of the coaches who has been linked with the job, along with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Roberto Martinez and Eddie Howe.

And some of the Saudi-backed consortium which has taken over Newcastle are pushing for alternatives to Fonseca.

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That’s according to a report from The Telegraph, which says Fonseca is one of Staveley’s preferred candidates after impressing at interview.

But Fonseca is said to want a long-term contract on wages of around £6million per year, while some at Newcastle believe it would be the better to give any new manager a short-term deal to begin with.

The report says an appointment is not yet imminent – hence Jones being told he will be interim manager for at least the next two games.

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Selhurst Park, Jones said: “I’ve been told I’ll definitely be in charge of the team against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, after that… I’m here on an interim basis, I just want to do the best I can for my football club, whether that is an assistant manager, manager or interim manager. I’m not looking beyond that. 

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“The future of this club looks rosy long term, but we have to focus on the games coming up and try to help the new owners by getting a win on the board.”

Jones worked under Martinez at Everton and Wigan, and refused to be drawn on whether he thought the Belgium boss would be interested in the job.

Martinez is believed to be a candidate, along with Gerrard, Howe and Lucien Favre.

And it is also reported that Lampard is likely to have spoken to in the past few days, with the former Chelsea boss believed to be the preferred candidate of some leading figures.

Lampard ticks the box of having Premier League managerial experience, after spending 18 months in charge at Stamford Bridge.

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And it is suggested that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which owns 80% of the club, believe he will be able to attract both players and sponsors.

Whoever becomes the next manager, Jones says they will need certain qualities in order to be successful at St James’ Park.

“I think about the way I was brought up and you think about the area, all anybody wants is hard work, honesty and making sure you are fighting for everything.

“That represents the North East and it represents the Geordies; whichever manager comes in, that would represent a great starting place.

“Having met the new owners, they will recruit based on those skills and the other aspects you need to be successful.”

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