Roberto Martinez has done a fine job wherever he has been – cutting his managerial teeth at Swansea City before going on to enjoy FA Cup success at Wigan Athletic and a top-four challenge at Everton.
He has spent just one full season at Goodison Park, having inherited the reins following David Moyes’ ill-fated switch to Manchester United.
The Spaniard has endeared himself to the blue half of Merseyside, with the footballing philosophies which have shaped his coaching career to date well suited to the demands of a fan base that expect to be entertained.
His man-management skills are also among the best in the business and his affable personality has made him a firm favourite with the English press pack – with Martinez always happy to offer a sound bite and an opinion on just about any sporting subject.
How long will he be sticking around in England, though?
Martinez’s star is still on the rise at 41 years of age and admiring glances are said to have been shot in his direction from mainland Europe.
Inter Milan are the latest club said to be considering an approach, as reported by La Repubblica, with the Serie A giants losing patience with Walter Mazzarri.
Just four wins have been collected from 10 fixtures so far this season, with a 2-0 defeat to rock-bottom Parma on Saturday having nudged Mazzarri’s neck a little closer to the chopping block.
Were his services to be dispensed of, president Erick Thohir would cast his net far and wide in search of a successor.
The Indonesian businessman is known to be a fan of the Premier League, so it would make sense if his first port of call was England.
Martinez has offered no indication that he is open to offers from afar, with his spell at Everton still very much a work in progress, but the opportunity to work with a club the size of Inter and to try and revive the flagging fortunes of the three-time European champions may turn his head and have him considering his future.
That said, Inter are working to a tight budget and would be reluctant to part with a sizeable compensation fee, so an out of work coach such as Leonardo, Clarence Seedorf or maybe even Moyes may be a more feasible option.