While there is nothing new in the report, it is starting to sound like Roberto Martinez is the top candidate for the position. However, Newcastle may find an unwilling target.
Luke Edwards of the Telegraph tweeted this earlier today:
Checked out Martinez link to #nufc earlier in the week and info back was no chance and he wouldn’t be interested anyway from two different sources so ????????????
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) July 3, 2019
Kristof Terreur who is a Belgian journalist covering the Premier League for HLN and VTM Nieuws (obviously Belgian) tweeted this also in response to the Martinez link:
Roberto Martínez might be on #NUFC’s radar, but last month he kept on insisting that he will stay with Belgium: “I want to finish my job here. I can’t terminate the contract that I signed with Belgium. What will happen after the Euros is another story.” https://t.co/CxATiUqkOm
— Kristof Terreur ?? (@HLNinEngeland) July 3, 2019
Now last month it was widely considered that Rafa Benitez would remain as Newcastle coach so this particular position was not open at the time of these comments posted by Terreur. But with the Euros only one year away, the Belgian National Team would be in a serious bind if Martinez were to leave. They have to be considered one of the favorites for the title.
Roberto Martinez– Erm, forget what I said earlier. Just start defending. Please.
Money talks though and Martinez is reportedly on less than €1m a year with Belgium. Newcastle could easily quadruple that salary if they want him badly enough. And with the players returning for preseason training this morning, Newcastle need to get a manager in as soon as possible.
If they spend a couple of weeks haggling with Martinez and are unsuccessful in agreeing terms with him, that could be the nail in the coffin for this season.
It was reported early on Tuesday, that both Neil Redfearn and Ben Dawson would act as caretaker managers when the players return.
If this set-up were to last into the the middle of July when the team plays their preseason tour in China, it could completely unsettle an already unnerved squad.
While Martinez has his faults, he would be an excellent appointment under the current circumstances. We have to also consider that Newcastle did not have a plan B for Rafa Benitez leaving. Do you really think they have a plan C if Martinez is now their top target?
We could end up with Redfearn’s and Dawson’s Black and White Army if things don’t progress soon. That, to say the least, is not a very encouraging proposition.