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Nigel de Jong has claimed that Roberto Martinez should be the ‘main man’ in Newcastle United’s hunt for a new manager, as he told Sky Sports News (20/10/21 at 11:35 am).

Newcastle sacked Steve Bruce on Wednesday morning and now the talk has ramped up as to who will replace him in the St James’ Park dugout.

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Names have been flying about as to who will take the expensive hotseat and lead this currently winless Newcastle side.

Martinez is a name that has been mooted, but he is currently on the international stage managing Belgium.

It would be difficult trying to lure him away because the 2022 Qatar World Cup is around the corner.

Despite that, De Jong stated that he would ‘first contact’ the Spanish coach for the new cash-rich role in the North East.

“I was thinking about Roberto Martinez,” said De Jong. “Is it likely for him to leave the Belgium job and step into this project right now?

“It all depends on what new owners have in place for the new manager, for the new future, if they stay up.

“The answer only lies with Newcastle’s new owners and Roberto Martinez, knowing the World Cup is around the corner and he is preparing his team for the World Cup. Does he really want to give that up for Newcastle and how they have been set-up right now?

“But if you look at the profile of Roberto Martinez. He knows the Premier League. He knows how it is to battle in the lower end of the table. His English is impeccable. He can deal with star players. So, for me, he is the main man. If I was a club owner, I would contact him first.”

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The issue facing whoever Newcastle want to target is that they are sitting in the relegation zone and without a win.

That might result in some possible candidates stepping back and waiting to see how things pan out because there is an uncertain cloud over St James’ Park, at the moment.

The issue with this takeover was that it all happened out of the blue after months and months of meetings and delays.

And the club don’t have the key jigsaws in place to move really move forward.

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