Tottenham Hotspur have sacked Nuno Espirito Santo after just 17 games in charge of the club. Having started off the season with a win over champions Manchester City, Spurs lost their way with three consecutive defeats as fans and pundits started to question their style of play.
Although Spurs managed to stabilise with a couple of narrow wins against Aston Villa, Newcastle and Burnely, there were questions around the nature of win and lack of determination. There were serious questions on Nuno’s future at the club after their fifth defeat of the season against Manchester United, and Spurs confirmed today about Nuno’s departure.
A statement on Tottenham’s website read “The Club can today announce that Nuno Espírito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been relieved of their duties.”
“Fabio Paratici, Managing Director, Football, said: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision. Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.”
“A further coaching update will follow in due course.”
Reports suggest Antonio Conte might be at the top of the priority list for Tottenham to replace Nuno. Conte, who was initially approached in the summer for the job is available for immediate replacement after leaving his job at Inter Milan last season.