A fresh development emerged in Tottenham Hotspur’s managerial hunt over the Bank Holiday weekend…
What’s the word?
According to The Sun‘s Alan Nixon, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez is believed to be on Spurs’ shortlist, with the 47-year-old also reportedly keen to manage in the Premier League again.
It is claimed that, despite his involvement in this summer’s European Championships, where the Red Devils are among the favourites to go all the way, Martinez’s trusted backroom staff could, if he was hired, undertake pre-season training before he linked up with Spurs after the conclusion of the summer tournament.
However, there is also a belief that chairman Daniel Levy is not in a major rush to find Jose Mourinho’s successor.
Spurs have endured a woeful campaign both on and off the pitch. They were knocked out of both the FA Cup and Europa League prematurely, lost the Carabao Cup final, have seen fans protest against the club’s ownership following shocking European Super League plans, and they face a very tall order to make the top four in the Premier League.
Levy has also witnessed his reported top managerial targets fall like dominoes, with Julian Nagelsmann opting for Bayern Munich, Brendan Rodgers wanting to remain at Leicester and Erik ten Hag signing a new contract extension at Ajax.
Whilst those developments perhaps leave the Spurs chairman short on suitable options, he mustn’t settle for a miserable appointment like Martinez.
Yes, he’s in charge of the highest-ranked international side in the world, but his players are developed by their club managers. He can’t take much credit for Pep Guardiola’s work with Kevin De Bruyne or Romelu Lukaku’s prolific form at Serie A champions Inter Milan, for example.
Also, his record in the Premier League is nothing short of embarrassing, even despite managing a club as big as Everton. Across his spells with the Toffees and Wigan Athletic, the Spaniard has managed to win only 81 of his 265 matches in the Premier League – a win percentage of just 30% – suggesting that he could well be a little out of his depth in the big time.
Of course, he would have better players at his disposal at Spurs than he did at those clubs, especially at Wigan, but there are still some valid concerns about his methods and if they can produce long term success at the top level in England.
Eurosport underlined the reason for his downfall at Goodison Park, with Jonathan Wilson claiming: “The problems seem systemic: what went wrong at Wigan is going wrong at Everton and there’s no evidence Martinez is able to fix it.”
Martinez did help Everton to secure a fifth-place finish in 2013/14 but the Blues fell away spectacularly the next season, and the Spaniard was sacked less than a year later, which only further highlights that he might not be cut out to bring long-term success to a top-end Premier League side.
Even on the international stage, he has caused some controversy. After snubbing an in-form Radja Nainggolan from one of his squads, the former AS Roma powerhouse dubbed the Belgium boss “pathetic” in a scathing interview with ESPN.
Given that fans are already in an uproar about the club’s recent decisions and are severely downbeat following another cup final mishap, Levy would surely only pile on further misery if he were to appoint Martinez as their next manager.
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