According to north-east reporter David Coverdale, the club have now ‘made contact’ with Roberto Martinez over the possibility of him becoming the new Newcastle United boss.
A piece from the Sun’s Mike McGrath has also claimed that Mike Ashley plans to go ‘all-out’ to replace Rafa Benitez with the Martinez – the current manager of the Belgian national side.
It’s reported that a formal approach to the Belgian FA could ‘come later’ today, but it seems like the Spaniard is now high on the club’s priority list if these new reports are to be believed:
In the circumstances, Martinez could be a good appointment and about the best we could hope for, although I have serious doubts about whether he’d quit his role with the Belgian national side to take over at St James’ Park.
He has Premier League experience following spells with Swansea, Wigan and Everton and will have decent contacts in the game, but you have to question whether he’d leave his current job to join the current circus on Tyneside.
A top flight return may appeal, but it would seem a huge risk for a manager currently in a pretty high profile and secure job.
A mediocre manager but someone we’d do well to get in our current position – something which sums up how disastrous our summer has been so far.