Roberto Martinez being made Portugal manager is ‘rewarding mediocrity’, and ex-Belgium boss was ‘nowhere near the level’ he should have been, says Simon Jordan

    Roberto Martinez being appointed Portugal manager is an example of ‘mediocrity’ being ‘rewarded’, believes Simon Jordan.

    The 49-year-old stepped down as the Red Devils’ boss in December which saw them suffer a surprise exit at the group stage.

    Portugal have appointed Martinez as their new boss on a contract until 2026

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    Portugal have appointed Martinez as their new boss on a contract until 2026

    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.

    Portugal – who sacked Fernando Santos after their quarter-final appearance in Qatar – identified Martinez as the perfect replacement for the 68-year-old.

    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.

    Martinez took charge of Belgium after Euro 2016 and lasted until December 2022

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    Martinez took charge of Belgium after Euro 2016 and lasted until December 2022

    “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.

    talkSPORT’s Jordan has been left shocked that Portugal have hired Martinez

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    talkSPORT’s Jordan has been left shocked that Portugal have hired Martinez

    “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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