‘This Is Massive’ – Pundit reacts to Newcastle manager talks update from Romano

Alan Hutton has insisted Newcastle United would be taking a major risk appointing Paulo Fonseca as manager.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Premier League survival is “massive” for the Magpies.

Speaking on the Que Golazo Youtube channel (25th October), reputable journalist Fabrizio Romano stated Fonseca is prepared to take charge at Newcastle after discussions in recent days.

However, the Magpies are reportedly still weighing up their options, with other candidates under consideration.

Steve Bruce left Newcastle by mutual consent last week with the club sitting in the bottom three of the table.

Hutton admitted the north east giants would be taking a gamble hiring a manager unproven in the league.

“I think it’s a risk,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“I know he’s got that pedigree from managing at a big club like Roma. He understands the pressures that entails.

“But I don’t think he’s in been in a relegation fight, especially not in the Premier League. I think that’s really difficult. Obviously, at Roma there’s a lot of pressure there. It’s probably like Newcastle as well.

“The fans are on you, it’s like a pressure cooker at times. First and foremost, you have to stay in this league. Your owners could be worth hundreds of billions and you could be talking about signing X, Y and Z.

“But by Christmas, with the fixtures that they’ve got, they could be way down in the bottom three, stuck. This is massive.

“Whoever comes in has to hit the ground running. We’re talking about a guy who doesn’t know the league, doesn’t know the players yet, doesn’t know what it’s all about.

“Of course he’ll learn, but have you got that time? So I would probably like to see somebody who has been there and done it. Who knows what it’s all about. But look, I’m not in charge.”

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