By Alex McLeish

24th Jun, 2021 | 9:30am

Ex-manager tips Tottenham to appoint Potter or Martinez after what he's 'heard'

Alex McLeish has tipped Tottenham to appoint a “precocious young coach” over a “top” manager this summer.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has had the names of Brighton’s Graham Potter and Belgium’s Roberto Martinez mentioned to him and said either could be the “correct choice” for Spurs.

As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday (June 24th), newly-appointed director of football Fabio Paratici is now pushing hard to hire Nuno Espirito Santo.

Spurs have seen talks with the likes of Antonio Conte and Paulo Fonseca fall through in recent weeks.

This site revealed on May 26th Spurs had held three rounds of discussions with Martinez over the vacant post.

Meanwhile, The Athletic (May 20th) named Potter as one of four candidates in the running for the job.

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McLeish admitted big-name managers might have doubts over joining Spurs.

However, he suggested an up-and-coming appointment could be the way forward.

“I’m sure there’ll be some precocious young coach who will eventually take the job,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“A lot of top coaches will be thinking am I going to get the money? Am I going to be able to improve it?

“As a coach, you can’t walk in and say: ‘I’m going to turn these players into a championship-winning team without adding to the quality.

“That will be the key for the major coaches. Do they take a chance on a good, young coach? I’ve heard from people I know Graham Potter’s name was mentioned a few times and (Roberto) Martinez also.

“I would have thought that those guys, maybe a coach of those two’s magnitude, would be the correct choice for Spurs.

Potter, 46, is contracted until Brighton until 2025 after he signed an extension in 2019.

Meanwhile, Martinez still has a year left on his contract with Belgium.

In other news, pundit claims Ryan Mason could be appointed permanent Tottenham boss after key development.