Paulo Fonseca has agreed to take over from Turkish giants Fenerbahce, ending speculation linking him to a move to Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace or Everton, as reported TRT Sports.
With the Premier League trio set to end their respective managerial sagas, it looks like Fonseca is also set to return by dugout seven weeks after his two-year stay in Rome ended.
A man who has won an impressive nine trophies during stays in Portugal and Ukraine, while winning many admirers with his quick attacking style, has been associated with just about every job going on in recent weeks.
He had talks with Tottenham before the deal broke, apparently over monetary issues (Fabrizio Romano).
Fonseca was also an early target for Everton, according to The Athletic, while Crystal Palace assessed their own approach for the 49-year-old after Lucien Favre ditched Steve Parish at the altar.
Where will Paulo Fonseca take over next?
According to reports from the mainland, Fonseca is set to continue his career in Turkey, with Fenerbahce set to announce what looks like a real kickoff for a club that has not tasted Super Lig success since 2014.
TRT believe a deal for Fonseca will be reached by the end of the week. And don’t bet against a man who guided Shakhtar Donetsk to a national treble in 2017, bringing Fener back to the top of the Turkish football tree.
After weeks of gossip and speculation – we’re surprised Perez Hilton hasn’t gotten into sports reporting at this point – all three Crystal Palace, Everton and Tottenham are expected to have a new manager on site in the coming days.
Everything is finally falling into place.
Everton have struck a three-year deal with Rafa Benitez, Patrick Vieira heads to Crystal Palace while Tottenham finally appear ready to nominate Nuno Espirito Santo. Although, when you consider the kind of summer Daniel Levy had, we’ll believe it when we see it.
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