Alex McLeish has dropped a big claim on Roberto Martinez amid links to being the next manager at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Lowdown: Martinez wants Tottenham job
As reported by Football Insider on Monday, the former Everton boss is making a ‘huge play’ behind closed doors for the job at Spurs and is willing to quit his current role as coach of the Belgium national team after the Euros are finished.
Should Tottenham hire Martinez?
Martinez is apparently a front runner in terms of the list of candidates after his enthusiasm for the position caught the eye of chiefs at the North London club.
They are going to hold talks over the next few days, with Martinez featuring more prominently on their list.
The Latest: McLeish lauds Martinez
Speaking to Football Insider after that update emerged, McLeish, who himself has managed before in the Premier League, has lauded Martinez and suggested that he would be a very good appointment by the Lilywhites should they decide to hire him:
“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.”
The Verdict: Tottenham should hire Martinez
If Martinez is interested in taking on the job after the Euros have ended, then THFC should jump on the opportunity to hire the Spaniard.
He has a vast amount of experience managing in the top flight with both Wigan Athletic and the Toffees, and has also managed Swansea City, highlighting his knowledge of the English game.
Tottenham need a man to come in and end their trophy drought, and Martinez has all of the credentials, having masterminded the Latics to a 1-0 FA Cup win over Manchester City in the 2013 final.
Nonetheless, at 47 years of age as well, Spurs could well hire a manager that would at least give them some stability.
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