Martinez lined-up for Newcastle job after compensation package for Belgium was revealed
Belgian boss lined-up for Newcastle post
Belgian headmaster Roberto Martinez could be the next in line to take over at St.
James’ Park and the current managerial vacancy at Newcastle after it was revealed how much the Magpies new ownership consortium would have to pay to prize the Spaniard away from Brussels.
According to the Daily Mail‘s northeast football correspondent Craig Hope, Martinez would set Newcastle back just £2million as their search for the successor to Steve Bruce continues.
Graeme Jones has handled himself well & reunion with Roberto Martinez could well be on cards. Understand Belgium boss is on shortlist & would cost less than £2m in compo. More talks with candidates next week. Story below on Jones scrapping NUFC days off…https://t.co/pM8l1Hrkcf
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) October 29, 2021
Current interim boss Graeme Jones would rekindle a partnership with Martinez on Tyneside that dates back to the late-90’s when both men plied their trade together at Wigan Athletic between 1996-99.
Martinez is now firmly on the managerial shortlist of candidates, with other names such as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Lucien Favre, and Antonio Conte having been linked with the vacancy.
International tenure to serve Martinez well
Roberto Martinez has done his reputation a great deal of good since taking over as Belgian headmaster in the summer of 2016, as the Spaniard has posted a 75.8% win rate while in Brussels (50-9-7).
Despite his record, Martinez has yet to guide Belgian’s “golden generation” to international success, and it is difficult to gauge whether or not his time away from club management will serve him in a positive light.
Martinez did an excellent job while at Swansea City, helping the club climb up to the Championship during the 2007-08 League One season, and wrote his name into the history books at Wigan when he guided The Latics to a stunning FA Cup win in 2012-13.
But the Balaguer-native failed to make good during his time at Everton, with back-to-back 11th-place finishes following a top-five season for the Toffees in his first season at Goodison Park.
With Newcastle sure to have a remit built around both short and long term goals that aim to push the club up the Premier League ladder, Roberto Martinez may certainly a big name for the Magpies to capture, but this could be his toughest task yet if he is given a chance on Tyneside.