Tottenham Sack Nuno Espírito Santo

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Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the departure of manager Nuno Espirito Santo following the 3-0 home defeat against Manchester United.

Spurs have been on a downward slide since winning their first three games of the season and the weekend’s result proved to be the final score.

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford condemned Spurs to a fifth defeat from ten games, leaving them eighth in the table.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss only joined the club in the summer to replace Jose Mourinho, who had been relieved of his duties just days before he was due to lead his side out in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City.

Tottenham Sack Nuno Espírito Santo as Club Slide Further into Chaos

Tottenham Crisis

When Tottenham and chairman Daniel Levy set about finding the replacement for Mourinho, little could they have known that the search would descend into farce.

First, Antonio Conte walked away from reportedly advanced talks, and then Paulo Fonseca, who seemed to be on the cusp of taking the job before Spurs appointed director of football Fabio Paratici, also ended discussions.

In the end, it was Nuno who took the reigns at the North London club, leaving some to question just how much he was really the man for Tottenham considering he had left Wolves at the end of the 2020/21 season and was available for the majority of Spurs’ managerial search.

Positive Start

Pre-season suggested a new approach from the new man in charge and a North London Derby win, albeit a friendly, put Spurs fans in a positive mood ahead of the new season.

The summer was dominated by the revelations that Harry Kane wanted to leave the club and everything pointed to the striker joining Manchester City but no one had taken into account the stubbornness of Levy. After weeks of rumour, no deal with City was done and after beating Wolves 1-0 at Molineux, Kane committed his immediate future to the club.

Without Kane, Spurs beat Manchester City 1-0 on the opening day of the season and the next two games provided further 1-0 victories.

Despite those first three wins, there was little creativity about Spurs and when 3-0 losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea followed, and a poor North London Derby defeat to Arsenal where they also leaked three goals, the pressure mounted on the new manager.

As performances have continued to dip, Levy has once more pulled the trigger on what can only be described as another failed experiment.

 

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