Spurs: Should Roberto Martinez take over from Harry Redknapp?
It appears that all is not going to plan with regards to Harry Redknapp's contract talks at White Hart Lane. Redknapp apparently wants to discuss a new three-year deal with more money but chairman Daniel Levy is reluctant to give him what he wants.
Many believe Levy is playing hardball because he feels Redknapp quickly turned his back on a new deal that was offered to him in February due to him thinking he was a dead cert for the England job. There is even talk that Levy may sack him due to his failure to get Spurs into the Champion’s League and in the process costing the club £30 million that would have been generated by being in the competition.
So with Redknapp's position in jeopardy is it time to secure the services of Wigan's Roberto Martinez? Could the Spaniard take us to the next level?
I say yes, but you ask why? I think that Roberto could be a sensational manager for Spurs. He is a young, enthusiastic and ambitious. I think he fits in perfectly with our philosophy of free-flowing, attacking football as this is the way he tries to get his Wigan side to play, which despite having limited resources should be admired.
Furthermore, some of the results that his side achieved in the past few weeks of the season were outstanding as they beat Manchester United at home, Arsenal at the Emirates, thrashing Newcastle 4-1 at home and seeing off Liverpool.
Moreover he is not scared of changing formations which he did so brilliantly when beating Arsenal at the Emirates by playing 3-4-3, which is a formation that is very much suited to Spurs. This is because they could be defensively strong with Assou-Ekotto and Walker playing as wing backs but also they could retain the attacking side of the game with players such as Bale, Lennon and Van der Vaart.
This also suggests that he thinks deeply about the game, so despite having inferior players than others, he tries to out-think the other manager. This demonstrates that he is a good man-motivator as he can get the best out of his players.
Martinez has never failed as a manager. When he was at Swansea he got them promoted as League One Champions before moving to Wigan to ply his trade in the Premier League. On the other hand, he does not have experience of managing a big club and therefore when Spurs make funds available to him will he be able to spend it wisely?
Another reservation that I have is that why didn’t he have Wigan playing good football and getting these types of results at the start of the season? Also is he going to be respected by the likes of Bale, Modric and Van der Vaart? If not then it could be a bad appointment, as they could leave and then Spurs would be back to square one?
Nonetheless I firmly believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives and therefore if Redknapp were to leave I would be straight on the phone to Dave Whelan and Martinez himself to see if he wanted to take the job. But what do you think?
Article by Adam Crawford
Calling all Spurs fans. Do you agree with Adam? Do you think Martinez has what it takes to get Spurs to the next level or do you believe Redknapp should be given a new three-year deal? If Redknapp were to be shown the door, who do you think should replace him? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.