Noel Whelan fears Tottenham are making a big mistake by cooling their interest in Roberto Martinez.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker claimed the 47-year-old “ticks every box” for the London club and would “bring out the best” in their star players.
Spurs have held extensive talks with Martinez and his camp as they step up their search for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho.
Whelan urged the club to learn from their mistakes and avoid appointing a headstrong manager in Mourinho’s ilk next.
“I cannot understand it,” he told Football Insider.
“Have they got somebody better than Roberto Martinez? Who have they found that is better than him? That would be incredible. I have no idea.
“Martinez has been a fantastic manager for a number of years now and he is very well respected in European football. You don’t get the Belgium job for no reason. He has done incredible work there with top players. It is not easy to keep them all happy.
“Martinez ticks every box for me as Tottenham manager. He has the man-management skills, the intelligence, the right style of football and he speaks really well.
“I think he would bring out the best in the star players at Spurs. He can manage them the way they need to be managed.
“They should not go down the route of someone as headstrong as Mourinho again.”