It’s a good time for coaches of the Belgium National Team. As we already know, Thierry Henry manages Ligue 1 side Monaco right now. But now, head man Roberto Martinez might have his own gig lined up. According to The Telegraph’s James Ducker, the Real Madrid post might be his to lose. After all, they just got rid of former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui this week.
“Real Madrid want to hold talks with Roberto Martinez at the earliest opportunity, with the Belgium coach the front-runner to take over at the Bernabeu now former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is out of the running,” the report reads.
Earlier this week, Conte talks were said to have been heating up. But that’s before Lopetegui’s sacking took place. And before they could appoint Conte, senior players spoke out against it. So here we are. After 149 days in charge, Lopetegui is out of the picture. And as things stand, Madrid are ninth in the table on 14 points. They already have four losses this season. And their poor start to the campaign has seen them fall seven points behind Barcelona in the early going.
But Martinez might not be the worst choice. His career trajectory certainly doesn’t speak to it — Swansea to Wigan to Everton — but then came his time with the Belgium National Team. Last summer, they got all the way to the semi-finals of the World Cup. And during his 31 matches in charge, they found the back of the net 90 times. Defensively he’s no maestro, but Belgium conceded 25 goals in 31 matches. That’s not half bad.
Offensively is where Martinez thrives, though. He gets the best out of good attackers. And if there’s something Madrid doesn’t lack, it’s good attackers. So, is this really going to happen? Are we really about to live in a world where Roberto Martinez manages Real Madrid?
Well, strangers things have happened.