Arsenal have added former Everton manager Roberto Martinez to their shortlist of candidates, according to the Athletic journalist David Ornstein.
The current Belgium head coach is not believed to be favourite for the job, but the Spaniard’s name has been included, along with the likes of Mikel Arteta, Mauricio Pochettino, Patrick Vieira and Carlo Ancelotti.
Supporters on Twitter are not happy that Martinez has entered the running for the position:
It better not be Roberto Martinez. Why is he even on the shortlist ffs
— Shaun (@Shaunafc98) December 9, 2019
we have defensive crisis and Roberto Martinez is being mentioned hahahahaahahahahahah
— Aneesh Chandoke (@AneeshChandoke) December 9, 2019
Roberto Martinez? Seriously? Just no.
— Nicole Hogan (@guhoyasfs96) December 9, 2019
— Tom Chambers 🎧🔥 (@25April2004) December 9, 2019
Poch and ancelotti are supposed to be the only 2 names on that list. Martinez and Vieira are very average and arteta is unproven.
— Chaz Clifford (@21ChazzieWazzie) December 9, 2019
Please dissolve club, let it go to Championship that’s a better faith than Roberto Martinez in the “hot seat”
— Nico 💬 (@IIIdisposed) December 9, 2019
Martinez? No thanks. Poch and Ancelotti only credible names there.
— Paul Vinnicombe (@attleesfan) December 9, 2019
Roberto Martinez? No no no no no
— Jeff Bilham (@greengigmachine) December 9, 2019
Jesus Christ there is a serious lack of talent these days in the managers market!! Martinez ffs😩
— Mitchell Evans (@Evans10Mitchell) December 9, 2019
— Finishing 10th (@10thFCCC) December 9, 2019
Although Martinez has had some success with Belgium, getting them to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, he is in charge of a group of world-class players.
His last job at club level ended under a cloud at Everton in 2016, with the Toffees finishing 12th in the Premier League table. He wouldn’t be a popular choice, considering the other names being mentioned.
The Gunners will be conducting interviews over the coming days, with the aim to make a swift decision on the club’s next manager, but there is an emphasis on finding the right man, and they will not be rushed into an appointment.