Pundit: Martinez is out of Tottenham running and the job will go to 51-year-old
Noel Whelan claims Roberto Martinez will not be the new Tottenham manager and the job appears set to go to the last man standing – Erik ten Hag.
The former Leeds hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest on Spurs’ hunt for a new boss.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider the club are confident of appointing a new manager this week.
It is understood Martinez, 47, features on a three-man shortlist for the vacant job.
Earlier this month, this site revealed that Martinez has made a “huge play” for the post behind the scenes.
However, the former Everton boss is due to take Belgium to the European Championships next month.
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Whelan insists Martinez will not be the new Spurs manager as he would not announce he is leaving Belgium just before the Euros.
“Roberto Martinez will abide by his contract and do what he has to do with his national side,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“He’s prepared and watched a lot of football, the players are used to him and he gives them a better opportunity to win.
“That’s not going to happen with Martinez. He has too much honesty and integrity to do that to Belgium.
“Absolutely not. If they are going to be appointing someone, it’s not going to be him.
“It’s certainly not going to be Brendan Rodgers. Then you’re left with the manager from Ajax [Erik ten Hag].
“Unless they have got something secret up their sleeve we don’t know about.”
Belgium’s first game at this summer’s delayed championships is on June 12th.
They will face Russia before later taking on fellow Group B sides Denmark and Finland.