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“I think he’s a brilliant coach, world class” Manager linked with Spurs heralded as “a superlative coach”
By Bruce Grove -

Roberto Martinez has been linked with the vacant managerial role at Tottenham this season.

The former Wigan and Everton boss has been managing the Belgian national team and has made them one of the strongest teams in the world.

He will lead them into the Euros in a few weeks hoping to win the tournament.

That might be his last competition as their manager regardless of the outcome as he reportedly targets a return to club football.

Spurs might offer him a return to club management and Football Insider says he is interested in the role.

Former Scotland boss, Alex McLeish, appears delighted by the news that Martinez could become the next boss of the Lilywhites and he says the Spaniard’s time as the boss of the Belgian national team has shown that he is a brilliant manager.

He then backed him to go to any team in Europe and make an impact, including the Premier League.

McLeish told Football Insider: “I think he’s a brilliant coach, world class.

“To go and coach a Belgium team at that level is incredible coaching and mentality. I believe that he could go anywhere in terms of the top divisions in Europe. He could certainly come back to England and take a top club.

“He’s obviously done a good job in the past for smaller clubs like Wigan, keeping them in the Premier League. It didn’t go forever but again, it’s down to the quality of the personnel that you have on the field.

“I definitely believe he’s a superlative coach.”

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john lindus
john lindus
1 month ago

so walking down the high road the restaurant has a large sign under new management – seated and staring at the menu its the same as it was three years back and the cook is the same cook -serving up the same shit- spurs need a radical change starting with the chef followed by a new menu this man will bring nothing new to the table – he done well at wigan and Swansea fans say -we said j.m. done well at a few clubs also, we need a vision the future not takeing a punt on peopels back numbers, we need fresh food prepared and served not frozen comeing out of a plastic packet

England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago

His CV reads pretty good , and I liked what he did with Swansea and Wigan under the circumstances, that FA Cup win was brilliant.
Everton fans whinge worse than our fans, he took Lukaku there and did well until they sold him and it went wrong in the end, however Martinez is older, wiser, can handle big players and is a good motivator, well of players anyway.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
1 month ago

When it comes to a team’s defence (including Belgium at times when they get to finals ie taken apart by…Wales!), he doesn’t have a very impressive track record. Can’t therefore see him as the man to straighten out ours.

John
John
1 month ago

It is actually very difficult to think of a worse combination than Martinez and this squad….may as well bring back Ardiles….car crash waiting to happen.

Kevin Freund
Kevin Freund
1 month ago

Belgium is currently a team of world class players and thats why they win every tournament they enter.

matt
matt
1 month ago

I don’t agree with the criticism of Martinez. Yes, Rogers or A.N.Other would be a better choice but….. get real. Martinez did great at Wigan. Just because you get relegated doesn’t necessarily mean you did bad. You might still have done well with the squad you had. He did well at Everton too apart from the third and final season but by then Jagielka and Distin were about a million years old and completely over the hill. Of the feasible choices i think Martinez is a good one. Better than Benitez. But i’m not sure he would leave Belgium with the world cup next year. Why would he do that?

Cali
Cali
1 month ago
Reply to  matt

Are you comparing Martinez to Rafa Benitez who won champions league Europe league managed the likes of Madrid Liverpool Chelsea Valencia. I don’t know what medicine Levy gave some of Spurs fans he dragged them to a point, where they try to spin and find any excuse to make him look good any crap manager or player as a world beater says it all.

Last edited 1 month ago by Cali
Des TB
Des TB
1 month ago

Not sure he’d be my choice but to win an FA Cup with a club like Wigan Athletic, beating multi millionaire squad City in the final is no mean feat , the season after MC had won the Premier League. Also remember that in his time , Wigan picked up some unbelievable wins against perceived bigger clubs, ourselves, away to the Goons, Liverpool, City.

matt
matt
1 month ago
Reply to  Des TB

Exactly. He gets criticism for being relegated and getting sacked by Everton but context is everything.

EssexSpur
EssexSpur
1 month ago

Oh McLeish said it. I thought it was his agent, or Dad!

mikeyhughes
mikeyhughes
1 month ago

I think this is the more likely one to happen, and before anybody jumps on me it’s not the same thing as me wanting it to happen!
The reason being is that he can finish his international career, which has been a success considering the size of Belgium on the world stage, and then come to Spurs without Levy having to pay some club millions in compensation. He is also PL savvy and has managed another comparatively big club in Everton.
I can think of a few I’d rather see in front, but not Benitez or Parker. The latter seems to be some people’s choice purely based on being an ex Spur – not a good yardstick to appoint any manager, unless we too want relegation. Yes Martinez’s Wigan also got relegated, after winning a trophy…

Kevin Freund
Kevin Freund
1 month ago
Reply to  mikeyhughes

To have the backing of Alex Mcleish must be a big confidence boost for all …

just need Noel Whelans support and it’s good to go.

Dan
Dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Kevin Freund

Noel said no the other day. Waiting for Frank McAvennie’s views.

Dan
Dan
1 month ago
Reply to  mikeyhughes

Out of interest Mikey, who are the names you’d pick ahead of him? I don’t want Benitez either and I don’t think Scotty P is ready.

Don’t want Martinez at all but I do remember a time when he was being praised for the football at Wigan and seemed destined for Spurs at some point.

mikeyhughes
mikeyhughes
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan

Unfortunately Dan the names I’d want ahead of him are probably out of our league right now. But on a more realistic level we could do a lot worse than Bielsa or Potter. Either that or bring back Poch and back him this time.

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan

S Parker only won 5 games this season. Keep him away from my club for now. N

mikeyhughes
mikeyhughes
1 month ago
Reply to  Tappaspur

Agree on that.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
1 month ago
Reply to  mikeyhughes

Levy’s not sold on the domestic cups, so Martinez will be told to concentrate on getting us relegated!

Joking apart, winning an FA Cup with Wigan was impressive and his teams do play attractive football. However, he did get sacked by Everton and his teams are n’t exactly noted for their ability to defend, are they? And, yes, that does include Belgium, who were surprisingly beaten 3-1 (?) by Wales in the last Euros.