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Newcastle: Lee Ryder says Roberto Martinez is keen on Magpies job

Newcastle: Lee Ryder says Roberto Martinez is keen on Magpies job -Newcastle United News

Roberto Martinez is ‘open’ to the idea of taking over at Newcastle United but there are obstacles in the way of his appointment, The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder reports.

The lowdown

Newcastle have yet to appoint a successor to Steve Bruce, who was relieved of his duties on 20 October.

According to The Telegraph‘s Luke Edwards, they want to conclude that process prior to the upcoming international break, giving the new manager additional time to prepare for his first Premier League match.

Martinez is currently the manager of the Belgian national side and has led them to two major tournaments. They were knocked out of the World Cup and the European Championship by eventual champions France and Italy respectively.

Last month, they took on the French once again in the Nations League semi-finals and surrendered a two-goal lead. The Spaniard has also had two stints in Premier League management with Wigan Athletic and Everton.

The latest

As per The Chronicle, Martinez is willing to take the job but Newcastle are aware that appointing him will necessitate paying a release fee.

Belgium are said to be reluctant to change manager before their World Cup qualifying campaign has been completed. They are due to round off the group by facing Estonia and Wales this month.

His contract expires in the summer, but it’s ‘unclear’ whether the Red Devils have an option to extend it to cover the World Cup in just over 12 months’ time.

The verdict

The outstanding issue here is the timing. Newcastle want the new manager installed before the international break, but Martinez already has commitments, so the Magpies may not be inclined to wait this one out.

The release fee shouldn’t prove to be too big an issue for one of the richest clubs in world football and the claim that he’s open to taking the reins on Tyneside suggests that he probably isn’t envisaging himself taking charge of Belgium in Qatar next year.

This one could potentially happen, but only if the Magpies are willing to compromise.

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