According to The Sun, Newcastle United want Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez to replace the departed Rafa Benitez.
The 45-year-old led the Red Devils to third-place at the World Cup last summer, but the Magpies want him for his Premier League experience having made a name for himself with Everton, Swansea and Wigan Athletic.
Martinez helped the Goodison Park outfit to a fifth-placed while also improving a lot of their players, and did win the F.A Cup with Wigan six years ago.
Nevertheless, a lot of Newcastle fans aren’t keen on him, and here is how some of them reacted to the reports linking him with succeeding Benitez on Twitter:
League 1 in two years
— Anthony Gleeson (@Gleeson1985) July 3, 2019
Would also add I’d be gobsmacked if he left Belgium to take our poisoned chalice.
— Glen (@Glen93109870) July 2, 2019
Mike Ashley really does hate them.
— Mitch (@TWEETS_BY_MITCH) July 2, 2019
He won't want a relegation on his CV.
Just announce Mark Hughes already.
— Rob (@laidler22) July 2, 2019
Why would he go to a club thats selling players without a manager? Won't that tell him everything about his role at the club?
— Stuart (@swrain79) July 2, 2019
…Defence of our Premier League status
— Chris Shipman (@chrisshipmanTF) July 3, 2019
Ashley has done so much to destroy Newcastle, hiring Martinez would be the absolute end of them. Awful appointment if it happened
— Poggy (@Poggymac87) July 3, 2019
Don’t want him
— Sam (@SamRobsonn) July 3, 2019
The Magpies are in the middle of a takeover talk, but fans fear appointing a new boss means the reported £350 million takeover bid from Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s Bin Zayed Group has fallen through.
Convincing Martinez to leave Belgium for Newcastle could prove difficult for owner Mike Ashley, and it will be interesting to see who will succeed Benitez at Saint James’ Park.