Your Usual Table wrote:
I just think it's a strange stage of his career to opt for international management.
As do I, it's just clearly not the permanent retirement from club football you initially stated it was.
Miguel Delaney made a similar point on Second Captains recently - at the Euros Conte was the only talented manager who you could say was coming into the prime of his career
Not really, Ray. Chris Coleman was available when the Wales job tragically came up because his club management career had stalled, including an abortive attempt to reinvent himself in Spain after John Toshack helped him get a job there.
Without the Wales gig nobody would be talking about him as being in the prime of his career. If anything he still fits into the 'novice' category because he is relatively young and yet hasn't really had a big club job and certainly not one he was successful at.
Borracho wrote: He will be out of sight, out of mind for pretty much the next two years though. Belgium are in with Estonia, Greece, Gibraltar, Cyprus and Bosnia. They will be expected to win at least eight of those games and not lose the others. He'll only come to anyone's notice if he fucks up.
Or if he gets them to perform at the World Cup.
Let's remember that we are talking about a manager who famously cannot organise a defence to save his life. There's a good reason why people are taken aback by this appointment.
You're having a different argument again. I'm making no case for Martinez's qualities - simply that it is possible to advance one's overall managerial career through international football.
You can even fuck up in international football and use it as a stepping stone to managing a biggish club... see Manager Mick.