Paulo Fonseca in Newcastle United waiting room as Toon owners consider Howe, Favre and Martinez – .

Paulo Fonseca in Newcastle United waiting room as Toon owners consider Howe, Favre and Martinez – .

Newcastle United are now in a rigorous interview process with a plethora of applicants and candidates for the vacant head coach position.
The Magpies have already touched down with the representatives of Paulo Fonseca while the experienced figure of ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre is also awaiting updates.

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is another in the frame as Belgium coach Roberto Martinez plans a meeting with Graeme Jones.

Fonseca is one of the first candidates approached by Newcastle and it is understood that he is passionate about the job.

The former AS Roma boss believed he had landed the Tottenham Hotspur job this summer until Spurs supremo Daniel Levy changed his mind and opted for Nuno Espirito Santo.

The players were back on the training ground today and Graeme Jones’ work continued during his stint as interim boss.

Regardless of what happens with the arrival of a new manager, Jones is expected to stay at Tyneside, while first-team-Academy liaison man Ben Dawson is also expected to keep his job.

Feelings were mixed around the camp with some players sad to see Steve Bruce leaving the club and others, who were not currently on the squad, seeing it as an opportunity to reclaim their place.

Certainly, Swiss international Fabian Schar is a star asking for a call-back for the trip to Crystal Palace, with the center-back not having obtained a single minute of action since August in a black and white jersey.

Another huge call to make against Crystal Palace is whether to switch goalkeepers with Martin Dubravka returning from injury and Karl Darlow freshly conceding three first-half goals against Tottenham in the 3-2 loss.

Even if Newcastle name a manager ahead of the weekend, they would be more than likely to watch the game at Selhurst Park from the stands with Jones taking the game.

Jones could also face the media ahead of Friday’s clash with the Eagles during the Magpies’ weekly Zoom call with reporters.


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