Newcastle are set to make an approach for Roberto Martinez to fill their recently vacated managerial position, leaving the Belgian FA to 'fear the worst'
Magpies' owner Mike Ashley is said to be eyeing up a move for the former Everton and Wigan manager, whose current contract with the number one ranked nation in the world expires at the end of Euro 2020.
Understand #nufc have made contact with Roberto Martinez via intermediaries. An official approach to Belgium could come later.— David Coverdale (@dpcoverdale) July 3, 2019
According to The Sun, the Belgian FA are bracing themselves as Newcastle will look to go all out to secure their man. Ashley is searching for a manager with Premier League experience in the hope that it can result in an upturn in their fortunes.
During his time with the national team, he led the Red Devils to third place in the 2018 World Cup, beating England 2-0 in the third-place playoff as Belgium claimed their best-ever finish in a major tournament.
Mikel Arteta, David Moyes, Claudio Ranieri and Jose Mourinho have also been touted as contenders for the position left vacant by Rafa Benitez at the end of June.
If he decides to leave the Red Devils and take up Ashley's offer, he could see his wages increase dramatically from his current figure which currently is less than £1m per year.
Martinez started his managerial career at Swansea, before moving on to Wigan and winning the FA Cup in dramatic fashion in 2013.
Source : 90min