Hull City in their next match will take on Wigan with Andy Dawson in temporary charge following Shota Arveladze’s dismissal on Friday. Whilst the focus will be on the game, in the bigger picture there is an excitement about who will replace the Georgian, with a host of names having been linked with the role in recent days. And, according to reports from Portugal, Pedro Martins is in line to take over, with the former Olympiacos chief flying over to England to finalise the move.
He has an excellent track record
Even though his time at Olympiacos ended on a sour note, it doesn’t change the fact Martins was an excellent manager for the Greek giants over the years. He secured three titles in a row, won a cup and picked up some notable results in Europe too. When you combine that with good work in Portugal with Maritimo, Rio Ave and Guimaraes, then you have to say that Martins has a CV that is outstanding for any Championship club.
He plays attacking football
Owner Acun Ilıcalı has made it clear that part of the reason Arveladze was sacked was down to the style of play, with the Turkish businessman wanting a more attack-minded side. If Martins arrives, he should get just that. He is known for playing an expansive style, usually a 4-2-3-1, which places an emphasis on moving the ball quickly, keeping the with and finding gaps in the final third.
He will be eager to prove himself in English football
Even though Martins is a very respected coach in Europe, he hasn’t managed in England yet, which may explain why he is linked with a move to a bottom half Championship side. Yet, that will be Hull’s gain, as they would be getting someone who is keen to show what he can do in this country and he will be eager to prove himself, as opposed to someone else on the merry-go round.