Fonseca's profile is not that dissimilar to attempted appointments of Silva, Simeone, it's further down the pecking order but on a similar branch. I don't think project is going in reverse yet, it just didn't have a plan to move forward. Over recruitment process, consolidation could have become bigger objective, but it's not like they've appointed the wrong person yet, they haven't appointed anyone has been the problem.
I don't tend to bet on next manager markets as they fluctuate wildly, and I've often been wrong. But appointment appears imminent and last candidate hasn't gone yet, I tend to follow my nose on some bets, and I'll be a fair few quid down by tomorrow if it's Allardyce or MON, so I won't just be an idiot, I'll pay for my stupidity.
Our problems are deep, but we're out the relegation zone and only a 1/3 of way through season. If you were hiring Fonseca and wanted to run him against 2 pretty unpopular choices, you could do worse. O'Neill seems a bizarre option, he had disputes with club over McCarthy. Allardyce publicly ruled himself out after not being offered long deal. I'd be more tempted to call him back and reject him again over changing my mind. Walsh's endorsement is not necessarily a help at moment and Fonseca was liked by someone to put him on shortlist.
Whether he's a bad idea or a great success, I've no idea, I just think he's being overlooked in process. He's the name being dropped with others, and he's the one yet to interview. We've been pretty decisive when we've got round to making decisions, Fonseca is in last year of deal and presumably obtainable, interested if coming for an interview. From Simeone, I'm not convinced the next option is to settle with Allardyce or MON. Fonseca just appeared to be the elephant in the room and at a price that seemed worth a dabble. Sounds like we'll find out by the afternoon.