Roberto Martinez is reportedly the leading contender to replace Steve Bruce if he were to leave Newcastle United, according to Football Insider.
As per the news outlet, the position of the former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss is ‘under growing threat’ with the lack of harmony in the dressing room and calls from many members of the Toon Army for him to be sacked, all in the midst of a battle to avoid being relegated from the Premier League down to the EFL Championship.
A source at the St. James’ park faithful has since told the publication that Martinez is ‘firmly in the frame’ to potentially take over from Bruce should he leave the North East.
There is already a connection between the current Belgium national team manager and the Tyneside club, as Graeme Jones used to be his assistant.
Newcastle go for Martinez if Bruce leaves
If Bruce were to leave at the end of the 2020/21 term, then the Magpies should look no further than the appointment of Martinez.
The Spaniard has a vast amount of experience managing in the English top flight with Everton and Wigan Athletic, famously guiding the latter to an unlikely FA Cup triumph against Manchester City in the 2013 final.
Should Newcastle hire Martinez?
He has also got Belgium to number one in the FIFA World Rankings, and so has clearly achieved a lot in his managerial career so far.
Nonetheless, the 47-year-old would no doubt be an aspired appointment by NUFC if Bruce were to leave.
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