Tottenham Hotspur are said to still remain keen on Roberto Martinez…
That’s according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, who delivered an update into their managerial search to supporters on Twitter and claimed that the Belgium head coach was the favourite amongst some of the Spurs board.
“Martinez favourite in some quarters … but been no contact lately.”
Last month, there were reports suggesting that the 47-year-old was making a ‘huge play’ to become Daniel Levy’s next manager in North London and that he was on his initial shortlist to replace Jose Mourinho, alongside Julian Naglesmann and Brendan Rodgers.
This is just the latest twist in the calamitous manager saga and is yet another uninspiring name to be mooted with the vacant role.
There are also claims that the club are closing in on ex-Wolves boss Nuno Santo, who left the Midlands outfit by mutual consent at the end of last season, a candidate that many have been opposed to on social media with #NoToNuno trending on Twitter at one stage last week.
Forget about Nuno, this would be worse.
Martinez, who is somehow in charge of the no.1 ranked international side, has an appalling record in the Premier League, winning only 81 of 265 matches (30.5%).
By comparison, Mourinho was sacked having won 52% of his games in charge of Spurs, whilst his fellow Portuguese left Molineux with a win rate of 48%. Even Christian Gross won 33% of his matches in charge.
Furthermore, his last stint in the top-flight ended on a sour note. He promised so much at Goodison Park but delivered so little as Everton regressed under his tenure.
Much of the Spaniard’s work for Belgium, particularly in terms of player development, cannot really be attributed to him as it’s the likes of Pep Guardiola that has transformed Kevin De Bruyne, for example.
The fact that Martinez still sits high on the shortlist of many at the club must be hugely worrying news.
At least Nuno has more recent success, guiding Wolves to a place in the Europa League in their very first season back in the big time. He may not be a hit with the fans but he’s evidently a far better option than Martinez.
AND in other news, Alasdair Gold makes worrying Spurs claim ahead of pre-season return…