By Noel Whelan

28th Oct, 2021 | 11:00am

Newcastle could appoint Fonseca as Romano reveals new frontrunner - pundit

Newcastle need to appoint a manager “now” so they can begin preparations for their impending fight against relegation, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed getting the “right person” for the St James Park vacancy is of “paramount” importance.

As quoted by Chronicle Live yesterday (via the iQue Golazo Podcast), journalist Fabrizio Romano said that former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is the “frontrunner” for the Newcastle job.

Romano confirmed Fonseca is “ready to accept” the Tyneside club’s offer, but the club is yet to decide “100%”.

Newcastle relieved Steve Bruce of his duties as manager last week, with Graeme Jones replacing him as interim boss.

Whelan insisted Fonseca’s pedigree is “good” but pressured the Tyneside club to expedite the appointment process.

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“Tottenham were interested in him, so he’s obviously got something about him,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He’s not exactly coming out of the wilderness – his pedigree is good.

“It’s very difficult to gauge whether or not he will be a success because his first port of call will be to ensure Newcastle remain in the Premier League.

“That’s where the real building will happen, next season. This season is just about consolidation and avoiding that relegation threat.

“They’ve got to get the right person in. That’s the first paramount task.

“The signings they make in January will be crucial.

“They need someone who can see them through until the end of the season. There’s not long until Christmas and that work needs to start now.”

Newcastle are in the Premier League drop zone with just seven points.

The Magpies are yet to register a win this season.

In other news, pundit slams Newcastle reported January transfer target.