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Mirror Report – Newcastle Have Made Initial Contact With Roberto Martinez

The Mirror are reiterating claims by the Sun’s David Coverdale (not the White Snake guy) that Newcastle have made initial contact with the entourage of former Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

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:

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:

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.

9 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 4, 2019 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #1

    Boycott or continue to get kicked in the nuts and thanking Ashley for the pleasure of it.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 4, 2019 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m thinking a surprising number of people will pick getting kicked in the nuts because they can’t bring themselves to miss a game under the stewardship of Monsieur Ashley.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 4, 2019 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Care to place the targets on your balls now? Don’t worry there’s still plenty of time to complain on here and then go to the Arsenal match and then come back on here and complain about how nobody’s doing anything aboot Ashley.

  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 4, 2019 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #4

    And while the nut kicking is underway we will be listening to the magnificent tones of The Nutcracker Suite.

  • toonedout

    Jul 4, 2019 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #5

    It does not matter who the manager is – totally irrelevant – Until Ashley leaves we will be bled dry and left to live on scraps. Should have kept up the protests which were gaining momentum at Xmas – we were then thrown a bone and signed Almiron and rolled over as usual. Bending over again has cost us a good manager and left us god knows where.

  • toonedout

    Jul 4, 2019 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #6

    And I include myself in the bending over with the rest – desperately clinging to what the club was and meant to me (20 years ago now) hoping things will change but doing nothing and hoping someone else will – time for fans to make a stand together and make change happen – would be interesting to know how Rangers fans got rid of him so quickly

  • dekka

    Jul 4, 2019 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #7

    I agree, it doesn’t matter who the new manager is. It also doesn’t matter what players leave or come in. All that matters is who owns the organisation (not club). I’m just not bothered. It’s such a change after over 50 years of obsession with all things NUFC. Perhaps I can start a proper hobby.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 4, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Well here we go again 100 million for transfers where have we been told that before money would be there for players we will need more then that for players after our owen players put tranfer requests in so 100 million will do nowt there trying to temp the fans to get there season tickets

  • magpie6699

    Jul 4, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    GeordieTwo. Wrong. Boycott AND continue to get kicked in the etceteras. Not against boycott – it feels like we have to do something. I just don’t believe Ashley will care two hoots.


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