Roberto Martinez is ‘all out’ target for Mike Ashley – Report
Roberto Martinez is Newcastle’s first choice to replace Rafa Benitez, according to reports on Wednesday morning.
It is claimed Mike Ashley is going ‘all out’ to bring the Belgium national manager back to the Premier League.
He was sacked in 2016 by Everton then quickly picked up by Belgium, going on to finis third in the 2018 World Cup.
The Sun are describing it as a ‘shock bid’ by Mike Ashley but if there is any truth in it, in one way it would hardly be a ‘shock’ because he is one of the names newspapers have been putting around more than most this past week and a half.
The Roberto Martinez record of management in England is two years at Swansea (2007-2009), four years at Wigan (2009-2013) and then three with Everton (2013-2016), before taking up the Belgium job.
He got Swansea promoted from League One and won the FA Cup in 2013 with Wigan.
However, Wigan were also relegated in 2013 and Everton fans protested against his management style before he was eventually sacked in 2016 with one game of the season left, the scousers 12th at the time and having reached both FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals that season.
The report claims that Mike Ashley will ‘put together a very attractive package — including assurances over investment in the squad Benitez left behind.’
Not sure what value any ‘assurances’ from Mike Ashley would have for any normal person these days.
This report/claim coincides with news that Newcastle have agreed to sell Ayoze Perez for £30m to Leicester City.
The Sun report:
‘Newcastle go all-out to get Belgium boss Roberto Martinez to replace Rafa Benitez
Mike Ashley is set for a shock bid to lure Roberto Martinez to Newcastle.
The Belgian FA are bracing for an approach from Toon owner Ashley to snatch their Spanish manager.
Martinez led the Red Devils to third place at the World Cup and his deal runs until the end of Euro 2020 — but Belgian FA sources “fear the worst” over a battle for the ex-Everton chief.
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.’
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