Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the Magpies will not be a “quick turnaround” for a new boss.
Speaking on the Que Golazo Youtube channel (25th October), reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano stated former Roma manager Paulo Fonseca is prepared to take charge at Newcastle should they offer him the job.
The Portuguese boss is reportedly the frontrunner after talks but the Magpies are still weighing up their options.
The Italian reporter claims Newcastle are set to make a decision early this week.
Whelan admitted Fonseca has a good pedigree and reputation within the game.
However, he suggested there would be some serious pressure on his shoulders.
“There’s a number of candidates out there that have been spoken about,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“Fonseca’s out of a job after leaving Roma. A manager that was looked at by Tottenham must have a decent pedigree and is respected by clubs for what he’s done.
“It’s not going to be easy, it’s not going to be a quick turnaround.
“If anything, there’s probably going to be more pressure on him than there was on Steve Bruce. He’ll have a lot of money to spend and he’s got to get it right.
“Also, when he does come in, he’s got to use the same squad that Steve Bruce had up until January.
“There’s a lot more pressure on him because the tides have changed at Newcastle. Now they’re a different kind of club.
“There’s more pressure on the shoulders of Fonseca or whoever comes in to get results. People expect it with the new manager and ownership coming in.
“Time will tell what sort of players he and the club have in mind but he’s the one who’s got to put the jigsaw pieces together to make it work.
“If he doesn’t, that feeling around the club will change again.”
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