'We will see': Spurs and Everton manager target asked if he could consider leaving role in coming weeks
Roberto Martinez has issued an interesting response to The Telegraph after the reported Spurs and Everton managerial target was asked whether he could leave the Belgium post after Euro 2020.
Martinez has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League this summer.
Meanwhile, Everton apparently have him on their radar following Carlo Ancelotti’s surprise departure. The links appeared to divide Toffees fans on social media.
Of course, Martinez spent several years at Goodison Park earlier in his managerial career.
A lot of supporters were unhappy by the end of his Toffees tenure. But his stock has arguably risen again since taking the Belgium job.
His priority right now will be Euro 2020. But he issued an interesting response when asked whether he could move on if Belgium do well this summer.
“As a manager I always enjoy building clubs and then I work through a philosophy and a way of playing and to create good memories with fans… everyone wants to win titles and achieve objectives and that will never change,” he told The Telegraph.
“And then in the last five years of international football there have been the demands of a team that wants to stay as number one. It’s a real good way of developing as a coach. I have not looked any further than these Euros and then we will see.”
Martinez should only be contender for Spurs or Everton manager jobs if they are still looking after Euro 2020
It remains to be seen how Euro 2020 impacts clubs’ summer plans. But Spurs and Everton fans will be hoping that they are not looking for their new manager beyond the tournament.
For that reason, Martinez does not seem like an ideal target. He is a very good manager.
But unless he is going to do a Julen Lopetegui and line up his next move on the eve of a tournament, it makes little sense to hold out for him.
The Premier League season will soon loom on the horizon. So waiting several weeks for an appointment would be a gamble.
If they are still looking by then, pursuing Martinez makes sense. But the fans will hope their searches are over by that stage.