Lawrie Sanchez doesn’t believe that Roberto Martinez would turn down the Tottenham job, but has doubts over whether the Spaniard could cope with the pressure.
Martinez is currently preparing for the European Championships with Belgium which start next month and hasn’t managed in the Premier League since his sacking from Everton at the end of the 2015-2016 season.
He led the Toffees to fifth place in his first season at Goodison Park, but consecutive 11th-place finishes led to his departure.
He’s since produced some impressive work with Belgium, leading them to number one in the world ranks after their third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup, but there will be pressure on Martinez to guide the Red Devils to European Championship glory.
Martinez, who won the FA Cup with Wigan after getting Swansea promoted out of League One, is on a long list of managers being linked with the job and is reportedly continuing to have talks with Spurs, who are hoping to appoint Jose Mourinho’s successor in the coming days.
But having failed to previously manage a traditional top side club, Sanchez has questioned whether the 47-year-old could make the step up.
He exclusively told Football FanCast:
“Spurs is a great job. Martinez would only be too happy to come back. The trouble with Martinez is, he went to a big club and failed.
“He did a smashing job with Swansea and Wigan, but stepping up to the big job, people will question having failed at Everton, can he handle a big club?
“I wouldn’t be surprised. He would love the chance and it would be interesting to see whether having done as well internationally whether that could translate into being ready for a big job that perhaps he wasn’t ready for at Everton.”