The Shields Gazette have reported of a new favorite to be the next Newcastle United manager. Sky Bet have set odds at 3/1 for Roberto Martinez to succeed compatriot Rafa Benitez.
Martinez is currently managing the Belgian national team, a position which he has held since 2016. He has done very well with the golden generation of Belgian talent.
He has plenty of experience in England, despite being just forty-five years of age. He last coached domestically with Everton where he was sacked in 2016 despite heavy backing in the transfer market. Everton spent close to £110m on transfers during his tenure.
He started spectacularly securing a fifth-place finish in his first year in 2014. However, Everton went backward after that with eleventh place finishes the following two seasons.
Roberto Martinez and Garry Monk– I’m telling you Garry, you are no longer the favorite
Prior to joining Everton, Martinez coached at Swansea and at Wigan. Many Newcastle fans may recall that Martinez was Wigan’s manager when Callum McManaman nearly removed Massadio Haidara’s left leg with a horror follow through in 2013. His response to the incident drew some outrage from the Newcastle supporters.
There are no concrete reports linking Martinez to Newcastle and he is just leading the odds at the moment like Garry Monk was on Monday. We will see if anything more comes from this.