Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca lifted the lid on why he snubbed high-profile jobs at Everton and West Ham. Due to the returns, respect, love and his personal goals at Shakhtar, the 45-year-old decided to stay and continue the club’s progress at the Metalist Stadium.
Fonseca has emerged as a top target for Aston Villa, who saw Steve Bruce sacked after a 3-3 draw against Preston. According to the Birmingham Mail, the Villans will land their man by this week.
Their pursuit of a new man in the hot seat will be benefited by an international break which is to commence after this weekend. The Claret and Blue will be without a manager when they travel to Millwall.
Everton sacked Sam Allardyce, but just a couple of days after the former England manager’s departure, Fonseca penned a two-year deal for the Ukrainian giants. Speaking regarding his new deal, he said:
“Over the two seasons, we’ve won almost everything in Ukraine. This year, we’ve also had a great Champions League campaign, which made me somewhat more famous abroad.”
“The truth is that there were other proposals that made me assess the situation. And at the same time, I understood that I wanted to continue this project – to work at the club who received me very well.”
Throwing further light on his love for the city and vice-versa, he added:
“I feel great in this country, they respect me here. I have a special relationship with all people, and it’s clear that I wanted to continue working here. At the same time, I have my ambitions.
I had to think carefully about what would be better in terms of my career, and realised that for the moment that’s staying here and continuing the work I began two years ago. I feel that people need me and I want to be just where people believe in my work.”
His words seem pretty clear, so does his ambition at Ukraine. Not many Villa fans would believe he will be their next leader, but we will wait and see – as nothing is permanent in football.