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New owner of Newcastle endured turbulent

New owner of Newcastle endured turbulent

New owner of Newcastle endured turbulent

New owner of Newcastle endured turbulent

As Paulo Fonseca finished his third interview for the managerial vacancy at Newcastle United,

he must have felt confident he had got the job.

Yes, some of the questions had not been what he might have expected  some were about the fans,

one about his relationship  with the media, and not many had been football specific,

the kind that enable coaches to explain how they improve teams.

But that was not unduly concerning – more than one person involved in chats with Newcastle has spoken
of finding the questions put to managers more akin to ones fans might ask,
rather than the type posed by officials of elite clubs.

Yet while Fonseca’s conversations were finished, the process was far from over.

His potential employers still had a final round of interviews to conduct with the other remaining candidates,

Eddie Howe and Unai Emery.

Then, even before those could happen, Fonseca was told the club were going in a different direction.

On the weekend of Newcastle’s 3-0 home loss to Chelsea, the news came through that the job was not his

and he was no longer needed.

The Magpies’ new owners had their man – it was to be Villarreal’s former Arsenal boss Emery.

Except, of course, no deal was done and the events of the following few days confused Emery to such an extent that

he walked away from the chance to take over one of the world’s richest clubs.

It was one example of how Newcastle’s new owners have endured a turbulent month since taking over from

Mike Ashley in a blaze of publicity, and no little controversy.

Staveley and her fellow new owners were given a rapturous reception as they attended the 3-2 home loss to Tottenham

on 17 October.