Born in March 1973, 48year old Paulo Fonseca spent his playing career as Central Defender before making the transition into Management.

Paulo’s 14years as a professional player started at FC Barreirense in Portugal’s third division in 1991 making 91 appearances and finding the back of the net on 6 occasions. After leaving FC Barreirense at the end of the 1995 season, he spent the following campaigns on loan from FC Porto.

Season: 1995-96, Leca, 22 Appearances

Season: 1996-97, Belenenses, 27 Appearances, 1 Goal

Season: 1997-98, Maritimo, 31 Appearances, 2 Goals.

Paulo called time on his playing career in June 2005 after spending his last few seasons at Vitoria Guimaraes and Estrela Amadora.

His coaching career started immediately after retiring when he remained at the helm of Estrela’s youth team for two seasons. From 2007 to 2011, he spent time at a few different clubs, mostly at C.D Pinhalnovense where he led them to the Quarter Finals in the Taca de Portugal in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

In the 2011-2012 season, Paulo was appointed as manager at C.D Aves. He led the team to Third Position in the league and just two points off promotion. The following season he signed for Pacos de Ferreira where he finished 3rd once more and gained qualification for the UEFA Champions League which would be the clubs first ever season in that competition.

June 2013 saw Paulo join FC Porto as their new manager. His reign at Porto started off well when they won the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira which marked his first honour as coach. The success was short lived however as March 2014 saw him dismissed as manager of a string of poor results.

From 2014 to 2016, Fonseca continued managing in the topflight of his county with Papcos and then Braga whom he led to winning the domestic cup and fourth position.

In May 2016, he moved abroad for the first time of his career when he came manager of Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on a two-year contract. During his time at the club, he won the Domestic Double in both seasons which earned him the distinction of the League’s Best Coach in the 2016-17 season.

June 2019 saw him become manager of AS Roma. In his first season in charge of the club he led them to a 5th place finish and the Semi Finals of the UEFA Europa League.

He announced that he had departed the club in May 2021 and was supposedly Tottenham Hotspurs top choice to become the next manager however these advanced talks did not come to anything and were scrapped in June due to tax issues.

Fonseca’s Managerial Statistics are as follows,

Games Played: 594

Games Won: 315

Games Drawn: 148

Games Lost: 131

Win Percentage: 53.03

What makes him stand out for the new Newcastle Hierarchy is that he has pedigree and available to work straight away without having to find compensation fees with other clubs. He has stated that he is open to take the job and rumoured to have already started putting together strategies for the clubs next fixtures should he be announced as the Magpie’s new manager.

JACK SUTTON – @jsnufctruefaith