Roberto Martinez is interested in replacing Steve Bruce at Newcastle United, according to The Chronicle.
The current Belgium boss jumped in the Wigan hot seat in 2009 to fill Bruce’s shoes, who had recently joined our bitter rivals Sunderland.
Lee Ryder’s report claims that Paulo Fonseca – the favourite for the NUFC job – is not yet done, saying others are still under consideration despite the fact he’s in talks to take over at St James’ Park.
Former Everton manager Martinez received a mixed response to a tweet I sent out two days ago, where I highlighted his history with Graeme Jones – the Gateshead-born assistant who’s often worked alongside the Spaniard.
Some Toon fans viewed him as a solid choice, citing his 5th-placed finish with Everton and FA Cup win with Wigan, whereas many were also quick to point out the relegation he led the Latics to in the same season.
Regardless, The Chronicle claim that he would be willing to discuss a move to Tyneside, but would want reassurances on his future if the club were to go down.
It’s been reported that he has a £2million release clause in his Belgium contract and was tipped to leave his post at the end of last summer’s Euros, but stayed on to fulfil his role ahead of the 2022 World Cup.