Micah Richards says reported Spurs target is one of the 'best managers' out there
Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Roberto Martinez has been praised by Micah Richards, who said he “sees the game really differently” and suggested he’s one of “the best managers” out there.
Spurs’ search for a new permanent manager continues after the club sacked Jose Mourinho last month, with Ryan Mason in interim charge until the end of the season.
Martinez, formerly of Swansea, Wigan and Everton, currently manages the Belgium national team, and a report in The Guardian last month claimed he had admirers at Tottenham.
The Daily Mail also claimed that the 47-year-old would be interested in the vacancy at Tottenham after the European Championships with the Red Devils.
In the latest Match of the Day Top 10 podcast, Wigan’s great escape of 2012 – masterminded by Martinez – was lauded by Richards and Shearer.
“I like Martinez,” said Richards. “I work on the Champions League with him, and he sees the game really differently.
“He’s very tactical and some might say he overthinks things at times, but he really knows his football.
“He asked me about the modern-day player once – meaning that they’re more sensitive.
“I’ve had coaches that have said things to me that if they said now they wouldn’t get away with it.
“So Martinez was trying to make himself more in tune with what the modern-day player needs because the game is always evolving, and the best managers are aware of that.”
Martinez has split opinion amongst fans of his former clubs, and has done the same with Spurs supporters amid links with the job vacancy.
That said, he is much more experienced now, with several years at the helm of Belgium, and has done a good job with the nation – so he may not be too bad a shout.
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