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Nuno Espirito Santo sacked by Tottenham

Bertrand Traore

After a dismal start to the new season, Tottenham Hotspur has relieved manager Nuno Espirito Santo from his duties. The decision came after a poor run of form that culminated with a 3-0 loss at home to Manchester United.

Tottenham announced the sacking of Nuno and his coaching staff by a club statement on their website. Managing Director Fabio Paratici thanked Nuno and his team for their contribution and expressed his regret for the situation to come to this point.

With 5 wins and 5 losses in their opening 10 Premier League matches Tottenham are currently 8th in the table with just 15 points. However, the dull performance of the team under Nuno looks to be the main reason for sacking him. No official news has come about the next managerial choice, but Antonio Conte is to be the front-runner.

NUNO A BIG TOTTENHAM MISTAKE FROM THE BEGINNING

Nuno Espirito Santo was not the first choice manager for Tottenham when they entered the new season. After sacking their previous manager Jose Mourinho, the club had an embarrassing search for a new one. Tottenham could not convince any of the top targets to join them. Thus the club had to finally settle with the Portuguese.

Under Nuno, Tottenham has played 17 matches across all competitions. They won 9, lost 7 and drew one of these matches and scored and conceded 25 goals each. Above all, the result in the UEFA Europa Conference League was also very bad, with the club currently third in the group.

The mood was very bad after their home defeat to Manchester United. Nuno’s style of football was heavily criticised and finally, the management decided to pull the plug on Nuno’s project. For Chairman Daniel Levy this will surely be one of the biggest crises. The fans have started protesting against him and his management style and Levy needs a good appointment to save his job.

At the moment, Antonio Conte is considered the prime target. However, this begs the question of why Tottenham couldn’t bring him at the beginning of the season when he was also available. Conte will surely demand more say on the transfer activity and more developments are expected in the coming days.

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