Wigan's Roberto Martinez to replace Harry Redknapp as Tottenham boss
Roberto Martinez is being tipped to take over as Tottenham boss should Harry Redknapp decide to leave Spurs and manage England. Martinez, the Latics' Spanish coach, is well respected within the game and has been touted as a top coach for many years. The ex Swansea man has impressed in the Wigan hot seat, protecting the club's premier league status with limited funds.
Respected for his footballing principles, Martinez's sides entertain with an attacking style. Wigan exemplify this, and have been turning heads with Matinez's decision to field young players like Victor Moses and James McCarthy, all the while plucking rough diamonds from the lower leagues. Though wildly inconsistent, Wigan have beaten the odds in recent years to remain in the premier league, doing so in eye-catching fashion. This season has been no different.
After enduring months of defeats and poor performances, the Latics are again staging a late survival surge, having beaten Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United. Wigan's successes have attracted the big clubs, with many scouts eyeing rising prospects, and executives enquiring about Martinez.
Last season, the club's popular chairman managed to stave off interest from Aston Villa to keep hold of Martinez. This year, the task of doing so will prove harder, and, accordingly, Wigan have announced they will not stand in Martinez's way should a "big" club come in for the manager.
With Harry Redknapp heavily linked to the vacant England position, Spurs have marked out Roberto Martinez as his replacement. A Tottenham insider said, “There is no doubt that Martinez is heading for the top and he has been impressive again this season.”