With Steve Bruce now having departed Newcastle United, albeit with a cool £8 million burning a hole in his pocket after being dismissed as boss, the club’s new owners have already seemingly drawn up a shortlist of new managers.
It appears that ex-Everton and current Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is a major target, along with former Roma number one, Paulo Fonseca. Both managers have demonstrated an impressive pedigree in their last roles and certainly would give the current squad a lift.
Portuguese Fonseca was perhaps unlucky to lose his job to compatriot Jose Mourinho, having built an impressive squad that played attractive football, while Martinez has helped to establish Belgium as the number one ranked football side in the world.
Martinez the likeliest candidate?
The Spaniard’s exit as Belgium coach has been spoken about for most of the last 12 months and he is reportedly keen on a move to Newcastle where he would have the luxury of a virtually blank chequebook for him to take a run at silverware.
While he perhaps doesn’t quite have the pulling power to attract major names, he has shown during his time in charge of Belgium that he is more than capable of managing big egos and this along with steering the nation to the World Cup final in 2018 plus experience managing in the Premier League could convince the owners.
His record at Everton though wasn’t exactly anything to write home about, while he was unable to save Wigan Athletic from relegation in 2013 so there could well be a mixed reception from Newcastle fans.
Fonseca in the race?
The fact that the 48-year-old is currently out of a job, could make him an easier target, however, it may not be as straightforward as this. While some Newcastle players may be aware of his record with Roma, others may not be too convinced, so winning the dressing room could prove difficult.
Given his lack of Premier League experience, particularly in steering clubs away from relegation may make the Portuguese manager too much of a gamble. However, it is clear that the Magpies need points fast and as soon as an experienced manager is installed, the better it will be for the club.
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