New report claims international boss is the ‘leading contender’ to replace Bruce after Euro 2020

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is the ‘leading contender’ to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle United this summer, according to Football Insider.

His remit is to keep us in the division, meaning he could well keep his job should he do so, however many believe his position will soon become untenable once fans return to St James’ Park.

A whopping 95% of supporters said they would sack Bruce right now in an online survey conducted by The Chronicle – highlighting how his race is run on Tyneside, despite the club’s decision to stand by him.

Now Football Insider has claimed that Spaniard Roberto Martinez is ‘firmly in the frame’ to take his job after Euro 2020 and link up with Graeme Jones – the man who assisted him at Belgium, Everton, Swansea and Wigan.

Here is a snippet from Football Insider’s latest ‘exclusive’:

‘Bruce’s position is under growing threat at relegation-threatened Newcastle amid a dressing room mutiny and almost universal calls from fans demanding he is sacked.

‘A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that Martinez, 47, is firmly in the frame to succeed the man appointed in the summer of 2019.

‘The Belgium manager is highly thought of in English football after lengthy spells at Everton, Wigan Athletic and Swansea City.

He took over the ‘golden generation’ of Belgian talent in 2016 and led the nation to their highest-ever World Cup finish of third in 2018.

With him tipped to return to club management and his trusted associate Graeme Jones currently on Tyneside, it’s a move that would make sense – although it could well be Football Insider putting two and two together and making five!

I would certainly take him; he would be an ambitious appointment who could galvanise the group and get us excited about watching the Toon play again.

He is a big upgrade from Bruce and man best known for managing three clubs: Wigan, Everton and Belgium.

One of those is the number one ranked team in international football, one is third in England’s all-time league titles list, and the other are minnows who are now struggling in League One.

Guess which club Bruce managed out of the three?

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