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Newcastle United: Roberto Martinez ‘pushed’ by Graeme Jones after Unai Emery snub

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Roberto Martinez is now reportedly being ‘pushed’ by Graeme Jones to take over as manager of Newcastle United after Unai Emery’s latest snub.

The Lowdown: Emery snub

As per journalist and La Liga expert Guillem Balague, Emery is set to reject an approach from the St. James’ Park faithful, after having doubts over their vision for the club.

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It was reported by The Athletic that Emery was the favourite for the job with Eddie Howe as the alternative, but the Spaniard has now released a statement confirming he will stay at Villarreal (via Craig Hope).

Balague questioned why both managers would be on the shortlist given that they are completely different, and rightly so, as Emery has managed big names at the top of their divisions, while Howe’s experience only comes from working up the divisions with AFC Bournemouth and Burnley.

The Latest: Jones pushes for Martinez

According to Football Insider, Jones has ‘massively pushed’ for Martinez to be given the new manager role.

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A source from the North East club has revealed that the interim coach has ‘made it clear’ to the board that his former co-worker at Belgium should be the permanent successor to Steve Bruce.

He believes that the Spaniard ‘can be lured’ for his current position as Belgium coach, and Martinez is seen as a ‘realistic’ target for the new owners, as experience of managing in the Premier League is ‘key’ for them.

The Verdict: As a last resort

The longer that the Tyneside outfit go without a permanent boss, the more likely it is that they will be relegated from the top flight come the end of the season.

Despite Jones coming in as interim to replace Bruce, they have still not managed to win a game yet in the division, and sit in a very worrying 19th spot in the table with a mere four points (Premier League).

With an international break coming up, the Magpies need to get someone in fast, so that they can implement their ideas properly during that break.

While Martinez could seem a good option on paper, as former Premier League boss Alex McLeish labelled him as ‘world class’ and he showed his credentials by winning the FA Cup with Wigan Athletic and guiding Belgium to first place in the official FIFA World Rankings, he does not seem to be the right fit.

Yes, he is experienced in the top flight, but recorded disappointing bottom-half finishes with Everton in his last two terms at the Merseyside club (Transfermarkt), and also took the Latics down to the Championship in 2013.

The Toon need to bring in someone with a vision to drive the club forward, not a manager who has already been beaten by the drop in England.

In other news, find out which £175,000-per-week ace has emerged as a potential NUFC January signing here!


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