Roberto Martinez is not interested in the Newcastle United job, according to the Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards.
The Belgian is Mike Ashley’s number one target to replace Rafa Benitez at St. James’ Park, according to The Sun, but Edwards has cast doubt over the likelihood of a deal getting wrapped up.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, he said: “Checked out Martinez link to Newcastle earlier in the week and info back was no chance and he wouldn’t be interested anyway from two different sources”
This is a real blow for Newcastle. Martinez appears to be the priority for Mike Ashley at the moment, and losing out on him would surely mean that the controversial owner has to go back to the drawing board. With the new season creeping closer and closer, and with no new signings on the horizon, that would be problematic to say the least, and the sooner this shambolic situation is sorted out the better. There’s no doubting that Martinez would be a statement appointment. His work with the Belgian national side has been stellar, averaging 2.43 points per game since taking the reins in 2016 [Transfermarkt]. The Toon Army are nearing revolt, and while they will struggle to replace Benitez, the only way they might be able to do so effectively is with a manager of Martinez’s stature. Edwards’ update fairly throws a spanner in the works.