Date: 13th January 2008 at 3:17pm
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Newcastle United’s life president and former chairman Sir John Hall has mentioned Martinez as an outside candidate for the vacant manager’s job at St James’ Park.

As jack hammers posted for us yesterday, Swansea City’s success at the top of League One is putting us in the shop window – and not only the players are being noticed of course.

The Swansea boss has spent a small percentage of the money Kenny Jackett wasted in his failed attempts to build and improve his squad this summer.

A blend of excellent free finds, bargains and a gem on loan (Paul Anderson) has put the Swans top of the table by 3 points with games in hand over their nearest rivals.

The Spaniard was also mentioned as a possible candidate for the Wigan job, his former club but luckily for us Steve Bruce filled that role.

Martinez is still very much experiencing a learning curve in his new role and I think he’d be out of his depth at the moment in the top flight.

It’s a huge jump with huge pressure from extremely passionate fans.

Still, I’d be hugely surprised if he was mentioned in Newcastle United’s boardroom as they discussed possible candidates.

Sir John Hall told BBC 5 Live:

‘Do you go for a big name, like the (Guus) Hiddinks, or do you try and find someone who can give us the football we had under (Kevin) Keegan,’ Hall said.

‘There’s the Swansea manager, Martinez, who seems to be turning them around.’