Taylor Twellman dropped a hint last week that had Atlanta United fans buzzing. He tweeted to a colleague of his that former Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, better be a fan of Matt Ryan. Seemingly indicating that the Spaniard could be heading to America to fill Atlanta United's vacant manager position. However, that's not happening.
It was confirmed on Wednesday that Martinez would become the new manager of the Belgium national team.
Our new head coach: Roberto Martínez ! #welcomeRoberto #tousensemble pic.twitter.com/3JiQYAeYI1— BelgianRedDevils (@BelRedDevils) August 3, 2016
It's a bit of a surprise announcement considering there had been no rumors linking Martinez to the Red Devils' job. He was heavily linked to the Hull City opening and then there was the smoke from Twellman about possibly coming to MLS.
Huge coup by Belgium to fend off Atlanta United here https://t.co/xWJiApAsEg— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) August 3, 2016
He has spent his entire coaching career at the club level, taking over a national team, and one of such high-profile stature, is a huge career move.
Meanwhile, Atlanta United are still searching for their first ever manager and now a guy who had one weak link to the job has been taken out of contention. The wait continues.