According to a report by The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur have had a ‘conversation’ with Belgium national team coach Roberto Martinez.
The Lowdown: Spurs managerial saga, will it ever end?
Over this last week, the Spurs managerial chase has taken many twists and turns. After interest cooled in bringing Mauricio Pochettino back to north London, with Paris-Saint Germain refusing to budge, attention then switched to Antonio Conte.
Talks were heating up for the Italian and, at one stage, there were some outlets even describing it as a ‘done deal‘. However, following a breakdown in discussions, it is now unlikely they will return to the table with Conte (The Telegraph), duly dragging Spurs back to square one.
The Latest: Spurs discussions held with Martinez…
As per The Mirror, it is believed that Tottenham have held discussions with current Belgium manager Martinez over the role.
Indeed, Spurs and the Spaniard have allegedly had a ‘conversation’ over the vacancy in north London, but the 47-year-old refuses to go into too much depth until after this summer’s European Championship.
The Red Devils will take on Russia, Denmark and Finland in that order as they look to secure a place in the knockout rounds and potentially go on to win the tournament.
The Verdict: Underrated candidate, but Spurs need to act…
As these discussions emerge with Martinez, you can make the argument he is an underrated candidate given his attacking philosophy and his description as ‘world class‘ by fellow one-time Premier League manager Alex McLeish.
He also guided Belgium to their first World Cup semi-final since the 1980s three years ago and has won the FA Cup with Wigan Athletic.
These aren’t his first links to the Tottenham job either, with the Daily Star reporting back in 2019 that he was ‘ready to dump’ Belgium for the Spurs job and wanted to succeed Pochettino at the time.
However, his stance on not having in-depth talks until after the Euros could mean that Spurs should turn to other options.
Chairman Daniel Levy will need to make an appointment as soon as possible in sufficient preparation for the 2021/22 season, especially if they wish to make a head-start on incomings and outgoings this summer.
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