By Alex McLeish

13th May, 2021 | 11:00am

Ex-manager backs 'world class' Martinez to land Tottenham job after key update

Roberto Martinez would be a “brilliant” managerial appointment for Tottenham, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Spanish boss had proven his ability managing the “world-class” Belgium side.

As revealed by Football Insider, Martinez is making a “huge play” behind closed doors for the Spurs job and is willing to quit his current role after the Euros.

It is understood the north Londoners have been in contact with the 47-year-old and are holding manager talks over the coming days.

McLeish claimed Martinez’s time with Belgium had highlighted his “incredible coaching” ability.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: I think he’s a brilliant coach, world class.

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“To go and coach a Belgium team at that level is incredible coaching and mentality. I believe that he could go anywhere in terms of the top divisions in Europe. He could certainly come back to England and take a top club.

“He’s obviously done a good job in the past for smaller clubs like Wigan, keeping them in the Premier League. It didn’t go forever but again, it’s down to the quality of the personnel that you have on the field.

“I definitely believe he’s a superlative coach.” 

Martinez took charge of Belgium shortly after being sacked as Everton boss in 2016.

Tottenham are also weighing up moves for Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa and the out-of-work Rafael Benitez.

Interim manager Ryan Mason lost his first league game in charge last weekend with a 3-1 defeat to Leeds.

In other news, a huge new development in Man United bid to sign Harry Kane can be revealed.