Newcastle United have opened talks with former AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca following the departure of Steve Bruce.
The former head coach left on Wednesday morning by 'mutual consent' after overseeing his 1,000th match in management.
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Newcastle United have opened talks with the representative of Paulo Fonseca.
However, there are a clutch of other candidates still in the frame for the job the vacant head coach position after Steve Bruce's departure.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has also been spoken of as a candidate with the possibility of linking up with Graeme Jones an obvious choice.
Steve Bruce has revealed that the Newcastle United job 'took a toll' on his family and hinted that it could be his last post in management after his departure from the club.
The 60-year-old's time at the Magpies came to an end on Wednesday morning following a dismal start to the Premier League season where they failed to win any of their opening eight matches.
His last game in charge came in the 3-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend and he leaves with Newcastle second bottom on just three points.
Graeme Jones has been appointed on an interim basis and is set to take the reins ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace.
But Bruce, who celebrated his 1000th game as a manager against Spurs, has admitted that the abuse he has received could force him to retire.
Newcastle United are expected to assess their options quickly after the departure of Steve Bruce.
United's new hierarchy have a list of candidates and will not waste any time given the club's plight at the bottom of the table.
The powers that be are hoping for a new manager bounce and Paulo Fonseca, formerly of AS Roma, is understood to be close to the top of their wanted list.
On the day it emerged that Bruce had gone, former Luton Town boss Graeme Jones was put in caretaker charge.
Newcastle's statement on the next boss read: "The process of recruiting a new head coach is under way and an appointment will be announced in due course.
"The club will not be making further comment at this time."
Alan Shearer has thanked Steve Bruce for keeping Newcastle United up and conceded that the head coach was working in difficult circumstances.
Bruce left United after just over two years in charge by mutual consent, as the new owners look to appoint a manager capable of taking the club out of the relegation zone.
Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League and are still without a win this season and Bruce's 1000th game in management, and the new owners first in charge of the club, turned out to be his last at the Magpies after a 3-1 defeat to Spurs.
Many had expected Bruce not to take control of that match but with the takeover moving at such a quick pace, he was afforded a final outing in the dugout.
Saint-Maximin's farewell message
Allan Saint-Maximin has sent a heartfelt message to Steve Bruce following his departure from Newcastle United.
The 60-year-old left the club by mutual consent on Wednesday morning after a dismal start to the Premier League season.
They currently sit second bottom having failed to win any of their opening eight matches and the 3-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur proved to be Bruce's final game in charge.
Graeme Jones has been appointed on an interim basis and is expected to take charge ahead of this weekend's game against Crystal Palace.
But Saint-Maximin, who was one of Bruce 's first signings in August 2019, has praised his former boss and claimed that he will 'never forget' how he treated him.