Roberto Martinez is said to be in the running to become Newcastle United’s next manager.
The Magpies have yet to name Steve Bruce’s replacement as we approach nearly two weeks without a head coach.
Many names have been linked, but Martinez’s name seems to come close to the front row in the queue.
In some ways, it’s easy to see why. He has the Premier League experience that new owners are looking for and is used to getting clubs out of trouble at the bottom of the table.
Martinez often worked miracles with Wigan before their luck ran out in 2013. Even then, he still managed to win the FA Cup in his last season in charge.
After a mixed spell at Everton, the Spaniard is now manager of Belgium, working with some of the best players in the world. But it is his international exploits that may hinder a return to club football.
Roberto Martinez reportedly keen to continue with Belgium alongside Newcastle
According to the Northern Echo, Martinez is interested in becoming Newcastle manager with a few conditions.
They report that he wants to postpone talks until the next international break. That’s because Belgium are close to qualifying for next year’s World Cup, and Martinez doesn’t want to compromise that.
The Red Devils only need two points to qualify and are preparing for games against Estonia and Wales. I think your boys will be fine, Roberto …
On top of that, the Northern Echo add that Martinez would like to continue as Belgium boss if he decides to join Newcastle.
While the latter would be okay but not ideal, the first request is where the problem lies.
Newcastle are in desperate need of a new manager. The sooner we name someone, the sooner they can get down to business trying to mend a broken side that is desperately struggling.
With the international break approaching, now is the perfect time to work with the players and get organized. A style of play and a system can be worked out, ready to play on November 20 against Brentford.
A new manager must be in place ahead of this Brentford game. This is why Newcastle may have to leave Martinez if they insist on waiting for the end of the international break.
While some may think it’s the right date, we can’t afford to wait any longer.
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