Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach. It was reported earlier today that the former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss was close to taking the role, although it was not expected to be confirmed until later in the week.
The 47-year-old has signed a contract until 2023 and ends the long wait for a new boss, replacing Jose Mourinho who was sacked way back in April.
Nuno Espirito Santo Confirmed as Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach
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‘Enormous Pleasure and Honour’
Espirito Santo told the club website: “When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy. It’s an enormous pleasure and honour (to be here), there’s joy and I’m happy and looking forward to starting work. We don’t have any days to lose and we must start working immediately as pre-season starts in a few days.”
Chairman Daniel Levy added: “We should like to thank our supporters for all their patience throughout this process. I’ve spoken already about the need to revert back to our core DNA of playing attacking, entertaining football and Fabio and I believe Nuno is the man who can take our talented group of players, embrace our young players coming through and build something special.”
After finishing his playing career with Porto, Nuno took over at Rio Ave in 2012 and guided them to two cup finals and their first-ever qualification for the Europa League.
This was enough for La Liga side Valencia to take a gamble on him and he repaid that faith by guiding them to the Champions League.
He then moved back to Porto, staying there for a season before taking over at Wolves in the Championship.
He helped to transform the club as they stormed to the Championship title and held their own in the Premier League, qualifying for the Europa League twice.