Should we be worried about Martinez's Barca link?

Clive Brunskill

Our unflappable boss played down the speculation - but is it going to go away?

Martinez was asked by the Spanish media about speculation he could be in the frame to take on one of the biggest jobs in football (apart from Everton manager, obviously) in the summer.

Barcelona manager Tito Martino is reportedly under pressure to keep his job with the club already out of the Champions League and struggling to keep pace with Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Martinez meanwhile has emerged as one of the Premier League's brightest managerial talents after a memorable first season in charge at Goodison.

It isn't just results that have impressed, but his calm, honest and polite management style when talking in public. He also comes across as loyal, perhaps demonstrated by his decision to stick with Wigan for so long despite numerous offers.

He would surely be reluctant to walk out on Everton so soon after arriving, particularly as he appears to be on the verge of something special and at a club who still have within it huge potential.

But even the most blue-eyed Everton fan would admit that the Barcelona job is another step-up entirely and would be seriously tempting should it become available.

Throw in the fact he is Catalan born and the whole rumour suddenly becomes a worrying prospect.

Martinez understandably played down the speculation in his usual calm manner, with Sky Sports reporting this response when the rumours were put to him:

"The job of a coach is to always do what is best for his team and I have not given a moment's thought to what I would do."

However, part of me really is hoping Barca do not cast their glances this way should they decide to change managers at the end of the season as I'm worried what his answer might be.

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