Having just parted ways with Steve Bruce by ‘mutual consent’, Newcastle United’s managerial search is underway. In not even a few hours, the rumour mill regarding Bruce’s replacement has begun, with Paulo Fonseca emerging as the early front runner, as per Matt Law and Sam Wallace of the Telegraph. The Telegraph reporters also reassured that, despite the links to the forma Roma manager, other options, such as Frank Lampard, have not been ruled out.
It is undoubtedly a decision that the Newcastle owners need to get right, as they look to transform the Magpies into world-beaters. Get this decision wrong, and all of a sudden, the timeline towards that world-beater status is slowed significantly. Over the coming days, it will certainly be interesting to see who comes in.
Paulo Fonseca Favourite for Newcastle United Job, but Others Not Ruled Out
Should Newcastle Hire for a Relegation Scrap?
Until January, whoever comes in to the Newcastle job must play with the hand they have been dealt. And that’s where the problems could begin. The current Newcastle side is destined for a relegation battle, at least until the Transfer market opens. So, the question must be asked, would it be wise to bring in a manager like Fonseca, who hasn’t got an ounce of experience in battling to survive the drop?
It’s all well and good that Fonseca has managed the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk, where he won three Ukrainian championships, and Ukrainian cups in a row. But, Newcastle do not need the experience of a title winner; they need the experience of a survival specialist. The biggest disaster that could happen to Newcastle this season is relegation. Avoiding the drop should be the first, and most important target before the big plans are set in motion.
Considering Newcastle’s start to the season – no wins in eight and a three points adrift of safety – Bruce’s sacking was certainly fair. Yet, where the Magpies go from here is incredibly important in regards to how they eventually progress.
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