Roberto Martinez is currently on a basic salary that is less than half of what Brendan Rodgers was collecting at Celtic.
After yesterday’s flurry of interest in Andre Villa-Boas becoming the next Celtic manager attention has switched today to the Spaniard who is currently in charge of the Belgian national side.
Martinez would have been well rewarded, and compensated, while in charge of Everton but on the continent international managers are very much the poor relations when it comes to wages.
After signing a new deal with Belgium ahead of the World Cup Finals, Reuters reported:
The football association added that the contract was extended for two years under the same conditions as when signed in 2016, without giving details. Belgian media have said Martinez was earning 1 million euros ($1.18 million) per year.
Without doubt Martinez would have picked up a massive bonus for taking Belgium to the semi-finals of the World Cup but it’s widely reported that Rodgers was on a basic wage of over £2m from Celtic.
Football wise taking Belgium into the finals of the 2020 European Championships would be very difficult to walk away from.
With a Scottish wife and having spent time as a player at Motherwell Martinez will know more about Celtic than most but it’s hard to see him swapping one of the most talented squads in Europe for the life in the SPFL.
Speculation about interest from Celtic however might bring about a new and improved contract from the Belgian FA with Neil Lennon very firmly the favourite to become the next permanent Celtic manager.