Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly contacted the agents of Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelino who is thought of as a cheap, yet well-suited option for Daniel Levy’s side – a manager that Roberto Soldado credited with saving his career in 2016.
Jose Mourinho was sacked on Monday by Levy with Tottenham’s chance of breaking into the top four looking unlikely. Five points adrift with six games left, Spurs also suffered a disappointing defeat in the Europa League and have been inconsistent.
The Athletic claim a new name could be a replacement for Mourinho, in the form of Bilbao boss Marcelino. The Spaniard is out of contract in 2022 and it is claimed that the ex-Villarreal boss would be a cheaper option even if targeted this summer.
Back in 2016, Soldado spoke of how Marcelino’s tactical alterations had got him firing again – after just 16 goals in 76 appearances for Spurs. Speaking to Football Espana, the now-Granada striker was full of praise for the Spurs-linked boss.
Scoring against Malaga in February 2016, he said: “I’m happy that my goal served to win us the game.I may have changed a bit mentally. [Marcelino] told me to look at the net more and not pass [to a teammate]. I’ll be looking to hit the target more often, and hopefully the goals will follow.”
TBR’s view – Marcelino is a decent option, but not the best
There has been plenty of talk over who will replace Mourinho but the main option should be Julian Nagelsmann, until the 33-year-old tells Tottenham no. It is a no-brainer to go for the Leipzig man, though Bayern looks more likely.
Brendan Rodgers could be tempted to leave Leicester and chance his arm with a bigger side than the Foxes – but again, that remains to be seen. Marcelino is decent, but should only be considered if they miss out on Nagelsmann and Rodgers.