By Noel Whelan

17th May, 2021 | 6:45am

Whelan: Tottenham may be making Martinez blunder amid behind-scenes 'turmoil' claim

Tottenham must appoint a manager without a big ego if they are to avoid the “turmoil” of the Jose Mourinho era – and Roberto Martinez fits the bill. 

That is according to ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively after Football Insider revealed the latest news in Spurs’ hunt for a new boss.

Martinez recently made a “huge play” for the vacant post behind the scenes but this site revealed on Friday that Tottenham are “cooling” on the Spaniard.

Spurs are now confident of announcing an appointment by the end of the domestic season.

Scott Parker and Rafael Benitez are among the other candidates in the frame.

Whelan claims his affable personality gives Belgium manager Martinez an edge over rival applicants.

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He told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: He’s a manager you’ve got to respect.

“He’s done so much in the game, has a fantastic personality and comes across as someone who would get along very well with the players”

“I think that’s the route they need to go down. I think they need to move away from strong-headed managers. That doesn’t work with their players.

“They’ve got to get someone who is more personable with the players and can make a relationship with them.

“Jose was falling out with players and there was turmoil at the club. But Martinez is the kind of manager who would bring the best out of the players.

“If they don’t go for Martinez and appoint a personality who thinks he’s bigger than the players is only going to end in tears.

“You can tell from someone’s personality who would be warmed to by the fans and loved by the players.”

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