The Sun are reporting that Newcastle have set their sights on former Everton and current manager of the Belgian National Team Roberto Martinez.
Last Friday it was reported that the odds on Martinez becoming manager had been drastically shortened.
This is what the Sun is reporting on Martinez today:
Ashley is determined to land a boss with experience of playing or coaching in the Prem.
Ashley will be expected to put together a very attractive package — including assurances over investment in the squad Benitez left behind.
Martinez, 45, can also prepare to pocket a huge increase to his basic Belgium salary of less than £1million a year.
If it is true that Martinez is making less than £1m per year, he could be very well interested in coming to Newcastle. The club would certainly be able to give him a deal at least three to four times what he is making with Belgium.
The issue we see arising is with the “assurances over investment in the squad”. Roberto Martinez is a compatriot of Rafa Benitez and is about fifteen years younger. He will be well aware of what has transpired with Benitez at Newcastle. He may even seek out advice from Rafa as he will be viewed as an icon in Spanish football to Martinez.
There is no way unless it is written in ironclad terms in his contract (something Ashley was reportedly unwilling to do with Rafa Benitez), that Roberto Martinez will fall for “assurances” from Mike Ashley.
Roberto Martinez– Sure Mike, you’ll invest in the squad. I totally believe you.
Under the present circumstances under Mike Ashley, Roberto Martinez would be a very good appointment. He has loads of Premier League experience, is very personable, and plays decent football.
We think he could also win over this squad of players and settle any turmoil that has been generated through the tumultuous past few months.
He also will have experience with managing egos from his time with the Belgian National Team, which is loaded with world-class talent.
All in all, we feel Newcastle United could do a lot worse than Roberto Martinez.
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