Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca is thought to be one of the names to be considered by Sky Bet Championship club Aston Villa for their managerial vacancy according to reports by Birmingham Live.

The 45-year-old Mozambique-born born boss guided the Ukrainian giants to Premier League title last season while the club got their UEFA Champions League campaign off to a solid start on Tuesday as they recorded a credible 2-2 draw with Lyon in France.

Sky Bet Championship club Aston Villa are searching for a new manager after parting company with former boss Steve Bruce earlier today and it is thought that Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fonseca is one of the managers who they would like to speak to about filling the vacancy.

The former centre-back had something of a mediocre playing career but he is one of the most respected managers in European football with Fonseca holding a hugely impressive managerial record.

Fonseca started his managerial career in Portugal with minnows Aves where he won 42.11% of his matches in charge before spells with Pacos de Ferreira and Porto saw him win over half of his games as manager. A return to Pacos de Ferreira saw Fonseca steady the ship at the Estadio da Mata Real before he went on to lift the Portuguese Cup with Braga.

Since moving to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2016, Fonseca has been victorious in 80 of his 104 matches as manager, a truly remarkable record. He has guided the Ukrainian club to two league and cup doubles while he was voted Ukraine’s Coach of the Year in 2016/2017.

Managerless Aston Villa currently sit in the bottom half of the Sky Bet Championship table after winning just three of their opening 11 matches under former boss Bruce.


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