Aston Villa are considering a move to appoint Roberto Martinez as Dean Smith’s successor at Villa Park.
That’s according to a claim made by Rob Dorsett, with the journalist revealing on Sky Sports that the Belgium manager is one of the leading candidates to take over the vacant managerial position at Aston Villa following Dean Smith’s sacking last weekend.
Dorsett continued to claim that the 48-year-old coach would be open to a return to the Premier League, as well as suggesting that Martinez’s attacking brand of football would make him a popular choice amongst Villa fans.
In his comments, the journalist said: “I can tell you that Roberto Martinez and Steven Gerrard are two very strong candidates that are on Aston Villa’s shortlist of possible candidates to replace Dean Smith.
“The information I have with regards to Roberto Martinez is that he is potentially open to the possibility of a return back to the Premier League as a manager.
“You can understand why Villa would want him, especially with the style of play that he has – the attacking football that he plays would be popular with the Villa support you sense.”
Considering the fact that Martinez has, by and large, done relatively well at every club side he has managed, in addition to a very impressive job with the Belgium national team, Dorsett’s suggestion that fans would be buzzing about the 48-year-old’s appointment may not be too far wide of the mark.
Indeed, after guiding Swansea City to the League One title in just his second season in management, the Spaniard then secured a mid-table finish with the Swans in the following campaign, before moving on to Wigan Athletic in 2009/10.
At the DW Stadium, Martinez rather miraculously kept the Latics in the Premier League for three consecutive seasons, earning plaudits for his free-flowing and attacking brand of football along the way, before the club eventually succumbed to relegation during his fourth campaign in charge.
However, the Spaniard’s performance at Wigan quite clearly impressed the Everton board, who handed the coach a four-year deal at Goodison Park in the summer of 2013.
And, in his first season at the club, Martinez masterminded a highly impressive fifth-place finish with the Toffees, although, subsequent 11th and 12th place finishes in 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively ultimately saw the 48-year-old leave the club in 2016.
Somewhat surprisingly, Martinez was then appointed as the Belgium national team boss, with whom he has reached the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup, losing 1-0 to eventual winners France, and the quarter-final of Euro 2020, once again narrowly losing to eventual champions Italy.
As such, considering his experience of both Premier League and international football, perhaps Martinez would indeed be a decent choice for the Aston Villa job, as the Spaniard has proven he is capable of both keeping a team in the top flight as well as challenging for Europe, something which would fit Villa’s brief rather well considering their current predicament.