Sources: Tottenham close in on new manager after three rounds of talks with Martinez
Tottenham have held three rounds of talks with Roberto Martinez as they close in on appointing a new manager, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
This site revealed on 10th May that the the 47-year-old has made a “huge play” for the vacant post behind the scenes and is keen to quit Belgium after this summer’s European Championships to secure a prestigious Premier League post.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider the club have held extensive discussions with Martinez, with the first two rounds of talks before the Premier League season ended.
There have been more negotiations in recent days as the Londoners make up their minds on Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor.
The Spaniard is on the three-man shortlist presented to the Spurs board and they are now weighing up whether to offer him the job.
Tottenham are confident of appointing their new manager this week, and within days, at the end of a wide-ranging process that has scrutinised managers in the Premier League and overseas.
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There has been great difficulty luring managers already established at Premier League clubs, most notably Brendan Rodgers and Marcelo Bielsa.
Martinez’s enthusiasm for the vacant post and his plans for improving the team have stood out.
Tellingly, he also ticks some of the boxes outlined by chairman Daniel Levy in an open letter to supporters last week.
Key requirements include a commitment to “free-flowing, attacking and entertaining” football while developing “young players from our academy alongside experienced talent”.
Spurs chiefs led by Levy must now decide whether to ignore misgivings over Martinez’s recruitment record and his difficulties in living up to his own big promises and hyperbolic claims.
Tottenham have scrutinised the Spaniard’s recruitment at his former clubs Everton, Wigan Athletic and Swansea City, and has been deemed mixed at best.
However, he would not be granted the same power at Tottenham to bring in players through his favoured agents and contacts.