Two new favourites emerged in the race to become Tottenham’s next manager on Tuesday morning.
With the betting market constantly changing since Jose Mourinho departed N17 five weeks ago, reports claimed that former boss Mauricio Pochettino is seriously considering a shock return to the club despite his current role as PSG manager.
Immediately seeing his odds slashed and installed as the favourite for the job, the Argentine was then toppled at the top of the list a few hours later by Roberto Martinez.
According to Sky Sports, the Belgium boss is in talks with the club over the current vacancy and he is believed to be looking for a return to club management following the conclusion of Euro 2020.
The news of Pochettino returning after 18 months certainly excited Tottenham fans, yet the reaction was very different altogether when it came to Martinez.
Looking to lead Belgium to glory at this year’s European Championship after coming third in the 2018 World Cup, the Spaniard’s last job in club management ended in disappointment after he was sacked by Everton in May 2016.
Appointed in place of David Moyes three years earlier, the 47-year-old won plenty of plaudits during his first season at Goodison Park after almost leading the team to Champions League football.
Boasting some excellent players in John Stones, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, the Toffees recorded a number of impressive wins against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United before falling away from the top four in the final few weeks of the campaign.
Inheriting a solid backline that Moyes put together before he headed to Old Trafford, Martinez gave Everton a new attacking dimension that the Toffees had previously lacked and it proved to be a recipe for success.
However, that defensive stability soon eroded and the team were conceding goals left, right and centre, with the former Wigan Athletic manager not placing as much emphasis on that side of the game.
Martinez just wouldn’t compromise his football philosophy at all and in the end it proved to be his downfall on Merseyside.
The football in the final third may have been easy on the eye but Everton were going backwards very quickly under him, finishing 11th in 2014/15 before doing likewise in his final season at the club.
Martinez may have led the Toffees to two cup semi-finals in 2015/16, but he paid the ultimate price before the end of the campaign as he was sacked after some dire results away at Liverpool, Leicester City and Sunderland.
Not without a job for long after taking over from Marc Wilmots as Belgium boss a few months later, the former midfielder will be hoping to go further at the Euros this summer having lost in the World Cup semi-finals three years ago.
Despite this, a return to club management for next season could be tempting for him and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in a Premier League dugout at some point in the not too distant future.
Linked with the Tottenham vacancy following Mourinho’s dismissal last month, Martinez fits the brief for the club’s ideal next manager as they want someone who must be progressive, attack-minded, favouring possession-based football and most importantly fit into the club’s culture.
football.london understands that he is someone Spurs like but he’s not believed to be a contender for the current vacancy right now.
While there is no doubt that he could improve things for Tottenham in the final third and get the team playing attractive football that the fans are desperate to see, he’s not the manager Spurs need right now when it comes to the defence.
Struggling at the back all season and conceding a number of sloppy goals, not even Mourinho could find an answer to their woes despite the fact he’s always built his most successful teams on solid backlines.
The amount of chopping and changing at centre-back over the course of the season highlighted Spurs’ big issue there and now they need a manager to come in and fix the problem for good as they look to get back on track after two disappointing seasons.
Although Martinez will have learnt a lot in the past couple of years after his Everton exit, he’s just not the answer to the conundrum Daniel Levy and Tottenham need to solve in the coming weeks.
His stock will continue to rise if Belgium go all the way and win Euro 2020, but his last Premier League job proved that he still has a lot to learn if he is going to be a huge success in the top flight.
Source by Football London