Tottenham have sacked head coach Nuno Espirito Santo after a worrying decline in form.
The 47-year-old was appointed Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor only in June, but it was clear at the time of his arrival that he was not the club’s first – or even second or third – choice to take care of the first team’s affairs.
Nuno got off to a good start in north London, winning each of Spurs’ first three Premier League games, but a dismal performance in Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United has followed a number of desperately poor performances in recent times – those who have seen the club slip to convincing losses against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as narrow losses against West Ham and Vitesse – the latter in the Europa Conference League.
Things have dropped so quickly, Spurs have decided to remove Nuno from his position before their place in the Premier League’s top ten is threatened – which confirms his resignation in an official statement.
“The club can announce today that Nuno Espírito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been relieved of their duties,” it said.
– Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 1, 2021
Fabio Paratici, CEO of football, added: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to make this decision.
“Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We want to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them luck in the future. “
Spurs will now begin the process of recruiting a new head coach, although many will be skeptical about how the club will go about appointing a new man after a clear conflict of ideas between chairman Daniel Levy and football director Fabio Paratici last time.
Levy is known for wanting Spurs to have an “attack DNA”, but Paratici – who himself was only appointed in June – is known for preferring a head coach who is more pragmatic and defensive-minded.
As for Nuno, it is back to the drawing board after refusing to make progress from both Everton and Crystal Palace over the summer in favor of taking over at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He previously enjoyed a very successful four-year stint with the Wolves, which led them to the later stages of the Europa League after securing promotion to the Premier League during his first year in charge.