Several news lines have United attempting to lure Roberto Martinez to Newcastle United as Rafa Benitez’s replacement – one of them is provided by Sam McEvoy, The Mailclick here

Martinez’s last job in the Premier League was with Everton who he managed between 2013 to 2016. With a far superior squad to the one he might inherit at United, Benitez had a win ratio of 38.05% over the 113 games he managed the Goodison Park club. This was the reaction following his sacking at Everton (taken from BBC Sport):

Former Everton winger Pat Nevin told BBC Radio 5 live that the “perfect storm” had formed against Martinez – with poor form, fan protests and a new owner. “I know Bill Kenwright gets along with him, so it’s hurt a lot people at Everton. He is a good manger and he will get another job, he’ll come back better and stronger because he is still young. Everton will have a lot of choices, you can throw David Moyes in there. Though I’ve spoken to a lot of fans and a lot of fans don’t fancy him.” Former England winger Chris Waddle said: “Everton are a cup team, when they turn up they’re excellent. I don’t think Martinez will change, he’ll get another job and play exactly the same way.

This is  what Everton legend Kevin Ratcliffe said of Martinez when he was sacked three years ago (quote taken from the Liverpool  Echo):

“I don’t think it’s a surprise to see Everton sack Roberto Martinez . It had been coming, and I think we’ve seen it in the performances. They haven’t been good enough. Against Sunderland it looked like the players had lost faith in what he was trying to do at Everton. It certainly seemed like Roberto lost the players. Looking at some performances from certain individuals you could see that, maybe, they weren’t pulling in the right direction – the direction that the manager wanted to go. When that happens then there’s only one thing that is going to happen. It certainly seemed that, in the last few performances, that the players weren’t performing. I think that they have got to take a responsibility. But it’s worth remembering that the warning signs haven’t been just in the last 10 games. It has been there most of the season”.

The game against Sunderland Ratcliffe refers to is the one Everton lost 3-0 at the SoS and confirmed our relegation. There was widespread criticism of Everton’s defensive ability under Martinez and there were banners displayed at Goodison calling for his dismissal.

At Wigan, Martinez was relegated in 2013 but also won the FA Cup in a memorable victory over Man City in the final. Martinez took Belgium to the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup where they lost to France. Belgium defeated England in the third placed play-off which is the highest they have achieved in the tournament.

The appointment of Martinez or otherwise will say a lot about the likelihood of a takeover being successfully completed or not. You bored to the point of tears about this yet?

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It now looks imminent that Ayoze Perez will leave Newcastle United to join Leicester City for a fee of up to 30 millions. It is widely reported that Benitez’s departure from United has convinced Perez the club lacks ambition. Difficult one to argue against isn’t it? Given all of the evidence supports that.

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As expected those players returning for pre-season training wil be greeted by Neil Redfearn as opposed to Rafa Benitez. I’m sure they will think that’s just brilliant.