Late last night the national outlet suggested that the Magpies were ready to go all-out to land the Spaniard, but Coverdale now claims that they have made their move, and have been in touch with the 45-year-old via intermediaries.
An official approach to the Belgian FA, who currently empty Martinez, is expected later.
This would be a great move for Newcastle if they can pull it off. Martinez is exactly the kind of big name they need to help fans get over Rafa Benitez leaving, and while that may seem like an impossible task right now, if they can start winning games under a manager with as much class and quality as Martinez, it would be a much easier task. The Spaniard wasn’t always the most popular figure during his spell at Everton, but he managed a wholly respectable 1.56 points per game, and that figure has rocketed up to 2.43 points per game during his time as Belgium manager [Transfermarkt]. Whether he can be convinced to ditch that cosy gig for the poisoned chalice awaiting him on Tyneside remains to be seen, but at the very least, this is a positive step from the Toon Army, even if it’s hard to feel like it is right now.