Roberto Martinez being appointed Portugal manager is an example of ‘mediocrity’ being ‘rewarded’, believes Simon Jordan.
Belgium, who came third at the 2018 World Cup under Martinez’s tutelage, won just one of their three games in Qatar.
They scraped a lucky 1-0 victory over Canada in their opener, before losing to eventual semi-finalists Morocco 2-0, with Croatia then holding them to a 0-0 draw.
It is a decision that has left talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan baffled, as he argued that the ex-Everton manager hasn’t justified getting the vacant job despite Belgium previously being the world’s No1 ranked country with Martinez at the helm.
Many believe that Martinez, who also took Belgium to the quarter-finals at Euro 2020, should have done more with the squad that he had at his disposal.
Speaking on the White and Jordan Show, former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan said: “It’s a head scratcher in terms of, I think you’re rewarding mediocrity.
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“I think he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with Belgium, it’s very rare that you get a group of players concurrently that good.
“We are talking about some of the top players in the world who were available to him, I think he managed to set himself a low standard and managed to achieve it.
“I think with Belgium, he was nowhere near the level that he could and should been at.
“The falling apart at the last tournament, you didn’t just have a team that was falling part, you had huge descent amongst the ranks.
“The camp fighting amongst themselves, and to find him in another elite nation would seem to me it’s another example of football rewarding mediocrity.”
He continued: “The bottom line is, the outcomes that you’ve got, are about your track record.
“You can’t deny your track record, can you?
“You managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on a couple of occasions with an elite squad of players that most people would have broke your arm off at the shoulder to have gotten hold of.
“And your reward for that is to stink out a World Cup and get another great international job.”
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