Roberto Martinez in frame for Newcastle United with surprisingly cheap buyout clause – Report
Roberto Martinez is one of a number of potential candidates who has been at one time or another in the last fortnight made favourite for the Newcastle United job.
The bookies guessing at who could / would get the job and the Spaniard only one of ten or more names constantly circulating via the media.
With Graeme Jones having regularly worked with Roberto Martinez in the past, that was another easy link to make that could potentially point to strong chances of the pair being reunited at St James Park.
The past 24 hours or so though have seen Paulo Fonseca made an odds on bookies favourite, whilst Roberto Martinez has drifted to around fifth favourite in the odds at 14/1 for the job.
However, a media update on Thursday morning has pointed to Roberto Martinez as still being a serious contender.
Craig Hope of The Mail reports that Roberto Martinez is indeed ‘also in the frame’ as well as Paulo Fonseca and potentially others.
The man from The Mail says that Martinez is interested in the Newcastle United job and that there is another big factor also in his favour.
The report stating that to buy Roberto Martinez out of his current deal with Belgium would cost less than £2m.
Hope saying that he was also informed that whilst Fonseca had gone to very short odds with the bookies, that was more to do with the fact it had been widely reported that the Portuguese out of work manager had spoken to Newcastle United representatives.
However, the NUFC owners are taking to other possibilities, which could well include Roberto Martinez (indeed he may have already had talks), before making a final decision.
Roberto Martinez has plenty of experience of English football as both player and manager. His last job over here was with Everton, after league finishes of fifth and eleventh, in 2015/16 he got the Toffees to both domestic cup semi-finals and eleventh place in the Premier League but he was sacked after the Everton fans forced him out.
There has then followed some five years with Belgium and no surprise if Roberto Martinez is fancying a return to club management…in the Premier League.
There has even been talk / rumour that he could potentially combine both roles in the short-term, with Belgium and Newcastle United.
An interesting candidate, an overseas manager but one with plenty of experience including many years in the Premier League. Plus that buyout clause is minimal AND I would have thought, far easier getting a manager out of current commitments if that is with a national side rather than club football.
Watch this space.
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]