The newspaper claims that Mike Ashley is “determined” to appoint a new manager who is experienced in the Premier League as either a player or manager and Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta is also on his radar.
However it would appear that Martinez, 45, is Newcastle’s top choice as they have reportedly made contact with the ex-Everton manager.
Rafa Benitez’s exit from Newcastle has caused uproar and unless Ashley replaces him with someone who has a proven record at a top club, he is going to struggle to appease those fuming supporters. Is Martinez someone who fans will be happy with? He’s done a decent job at Belgium by coming third at the World Cup last summer, but he did fall short in the Nations League as they ended runners-up behind Switzerland in their group. Belgium have some of the best players in the world, so has he failed to meet expectations with them? Or simply did what was expected of him without being amazing? At Everton, Martinez didn’t do a great job at all. The 45-year-old had three years at Goodison Park and didn’t really achieve much and his home form was terrible in his final campaign on Merseyside. Newcastle could do better, but does Ashley want to do better?