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Newcastle: Paulo Fonseca is obsessed with tactics but has never had a big budget

Paulo Fonseca remembers returning home frustrated despite a win early in the afternoon.

When asked what was wrong with his wife Katerina, winning, Fonseca says, is not enough. You want to win in style.

‘We have an obligation to the fans to create a show, a good show. That is the obligation of the coach, ” Fonseca, 48, said to the Telegraph last month.

“I want to win every game, but winning is not enough for me. I have to be offensive and dominate the games and have an offensive midfield and show courage in the game. These are things that will die with me. ‘

Fonseca has been out of work since leaving Roma in May

Bruce was fired on Wednesday and received £ 8 million compensation

Bruce was fired on Wednesday and received £ 8 million compensation

Paulo Fonseca (left) held talks with Newcastle as they search for Steve Bruce’s successor (right)

Amanda Staveley (right) is believed to be a fan of Fonseca and his philosophy of attack.

Amanda Staveley (right) is believed to be a fan of Fonseca and his philosophy of attack.

Amanda Staveley (right) is believed to be a fan of Fonseca and his philosophy of attack.

After having conversations with Newcastle’s top brass via a Zoom video call on Tuesday, news of his firm belief in his attacking philosophy will be music to the ears of the club’s fans from the northeast.

Steve Bruce was sent packing with an £ 8 million compensation package on Wednesday afternoon and the search for his successor immediately intensified.

Fonseca, who has been out of work since leaving Roma in May to be replaced by José Mourinho, quickly shot up the short list to be among the top contenders.

If one or two chess pieces had moved in a different direction, Fonseca would already be managing in the Premier League, but in Tottenham, rather than Newcastle.

Among the names in the draw to replace José Mourinho, who ironically replaced him at Roma, Fonseca was looking towards a “closed deal.” His preseason planning had started, ideas were flowing on how to get Tottenham to shoot again after stunting with Mourinho.

But the movement was torpedoed just when it seemed orderly. The arrival of director Fabio Paratici from Juventus cost Fonseca his chance.

He also spoke to Everton in 2018 before they chose to name Marco Silva. Finally, look to the cusp to have your chance.

Paratici gravitates towards a defensive-minded and pragmatic boss and Fonseca has too much pride and too much faith in his philosophy to compromise his beliefs, even if his ambition is to prove himself in England.

Fonseca, 48, is obsessed with tactics and constantly breaks the game in the movie theater.

Fonseca, 48, is obsessed with tactics and constantly breaks the game in the movie theater.

Fonseca, 48, is obsessed with tactics and constantly breaks the game in the movie theater.

I have some principles. I wanted to be the coach of the great teams but I want the right project and a club where people believe in my ideas, in the way I play, ” he added. The Telegraph.

When it works, his attacking philosophy may be athletic, but he has often proven to be all or nothing, kamikaze, reckless in the big moments.

In last season’s Europa League semi-finals, Roma found themselves 2-1 up at Old Trafford in the first leg against Manchester United, only to lose that game 6-2, ending hopes that the Italians advance to the final.

“It was an inexplicable blackout,” he said. I am primarily responsible for this. I am always here to take on my responsibilities and I will never walk away from it. I’m the main culprit for this. ‘

Defending seems alien to him and, while it’s a boom or bust with that kind of mantra, as Marcelo Bielsa has discovered on more than one occasion with Leeds, it would certainly multiply the excitement of a growing Newcastle fan base tenfold. . tired of Steve Bruce’s tactics.

Fonseca’s journey saw him born and raised in Mozambique until he was 14 years old before a move to the small town of Setúbal, near Lisbon, launched his professional career.

The central defender played for Barreirense in Portugal before sealing a trade to Porto, only to spend all his spell with them on loan elsewhere.

He is no stranger to trophies having won the Portuguese Cup with Braga before heading to Ukraine to take over at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he oversaw three league titles.

He is no stranger to trophies having won the Portuguese Cup with Braga before heading to Ukraine to take over at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he oversaw three league titles.

He is no stranger to trophies having won the Portuguese Cup with Braga before heading to Ukraine to take over at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he oversaw three league titles.

But his tactical acumen was building steadily and when he took over management in 2012 with Pacos de Ferreira, it was time to cut his teeth.

A third place with Pacos, thus securing a play-off spot in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League, with an incredibly modest budget, one of the lowest in the top flight, raised his stock among coaches on the continent.

Handing over the reins of national champion Porto in 2013, he came up with some unfinished business that had been overlooked in his days as a player.

Starting by winning the Portuguese Super Cup suggested promise, but not even a year had passed into his two-year contract, sacked in March with Porto third and nine points from league leaders Benfica.

It was a sobering nine months for Fonseca and reality was hitting him hard; he still had a lot to learn.

A second stint at Pacos and then Braga allowed him to stay out of the limelight for the next two years or so before the opportunity came to move abroad with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Armed with his favorite 4-2-3-1 formation, Fonseca was a success in Ukraine. His reputation was increasing once more; it was as if he were starting over with Pacos.

Their high-pressure tactics are demanding and grueling, but they were key in leading Shakhtar Donetsk to three Ukrainian league and cup doubles.

The Portuguese chief disguised himself as a fictional character Zorro at a press conference

The Portuguese chief disguised himself as a fictional character Zorro at a press conference

The Portuguese chief disguised himself as a fictional character Zorro at a press conference

Winning in Ukraine, again on a modest budget, was one thing, but Europe and the Champions League would be the places where he could really turn heads.

Inflicting Manchester City’s first loss in 29 matches to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League certainly made people sit up, and that wasn’t just because he did his post-match press conference dressed as the Zorro.

Fonseca promised to dress up as Zorro, the fictional masked vigilante, if Shakhtar passed, and they did so as runners-up behind City.

Bernard, who later left for Everton, prospered that day and Fred, who frustrates more than he impresses at United, owes Fonseca a lot for raising him to that of a 52 million pound player.

The model Fonseca has typically worked with is one of buy low, sell high. Only once in his coaching career did he spend more than £ 25 million on the player, spending that money to bring Leandro Spinazzola to Roma in 2019.

So no, Fonseca has never been granted anything like the millions in Saudi Arabia that would await him if he took over Newcastle. How he would manage with such rich resources is a question that can only be answered after the fact.

It is generally frugal; In part, this is why he loved Zorro so much as a child, explaining that it was the cheapest costume for a poor family.

But his managerial acumen and his latest position at Roma are not enough to say that any appointment at Newcastle is invalid.

Fonseca impressed Henrikh Mkhitaryan during their time together in Rome

Fonseca impressed Henrikh Mkhitaryan during their time together in Rome

Tuchel coached Mkhitaryan at Borussia Dortmund and the midfielder saw similarities with Fonseca

Tuchel coached Mkhitaryan at Borussia Dortmund and the midfielder saw similarities with Fonseca

Fonseca’s management style has previously been compared to Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel (right).

Player Henrikh Mkhitaryan may have drawn similarities between Fonseca and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who coached Mkhitaryan at Borussia Dortmund, but the Portuguese manager left with a disappointed fan base.

Roma was to be his 10th managerial position in the last 14 years and, when he left them seventh in Serie A, they wondered if he had the nous to win titles in the five best leagues in Europe. At the time of his dismissal, Roma believed that he could not.

It may have been unfair, but he was overseeing a Roma team that was sailing without really threatening to break the top four.

He says something that is perhaps best remembered in the Italian capital for accidentally bringing in too many substitutes in a Coppa Italia clash. Roma lost the game 4-2 to Spezia, but would have been eliminated anyway after bringing in six players, one more of the five assigned.

If Fonseca is going to be Newcastle’s man, expect goals, style and a leaky defense … just make sure he has a coach to keep him from overusing his bench when it matters most.

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