Report: Newcastle will consider Roberto Martinez for next manager
Roberto Martinez is amongst the names that will be considered for the role of Newcastle United’s next manager, according to The Times.
The Times reports that Steve Bruce is facing the sack at St James’ Park. It is claimed that the Magpies’ new owners have insisted that they are yet to make a final decision on the current boss.
But it does appear that the most likely call will be for the club to try and move in a different direction after Bruce’s turbulent spell on Tyneside.
It is suggested that Graeme Jones could take charge of Newcastle for their Premier League clash with Tottenham should Bruce lose his job.
And it seems that the Magpies could then consider a manager Jones knows very well.
According to The Times, Martinez will be considered. Jones worked with the 48-year-old while he was in charge at Swansea, Wigan, Everton and then Belgium.
In fact, the pair worked together for around 11 years before Jones left the Belgium set-up in 2018.
Martinez surely unlikely to leave Belgium before 2022 World Cup amid Newcastle links
Martinez is a divisive figure amongst some fans. His time at Everton did not end positively. And it is hard for his stock to rise while with Belgium, such is the talent that they possess.
But his sides have always played exciting, attractive football. So he would arguably be a very impressive acquisition for Newcastle’s new owners.
However, the timing of the 2022 World Cup surely does the Magpies few favours if they want the Spaniard.
If Martinez wants to stick around until the tournament, he will not be available until 2023. Newcastle are clearly not going to wait around until then.
Obviously, the Magpies can put a very attractive proposal together. So perhaps they may attempt to convince him that now is the time for a fresh challenge.