01/11/2021; 5:47 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Tipped to replace the former Wolves manager is former Roma gaffer, Paulo Fonseca.
It seems the problems at Tottenham Hotspurs run deeper than initially thought. The team currently looks rudderless, and the manager Nuno Espirito Santo is clueless in stemming the slide.
Perhaps a look back at the challenges the previous manager had will highlight the woes at Spurs. Jose Mourinho arrived at Spurs amid high hopes of taking the club to win titles. Mourinho had to fix the rot thatd under Mauricio Pochettino.
Mourinho, as of November 2020, had the club top of the English Premier League table. He was able to coax the best out of Harry Kane and Heung Min Son, as the duo formed the best partnership in the league.
While Mourinho was able to get his side to score goals with an almost reckless abandon, a soft underbelly was his undoing as the defence kept shipping goals. He had run-ins with a few players he felt were not committed to the cause. Despite leading the team to the final of the Carabao Cup, he was fired five days before the final.
Spurs under Nuno Espirito Santod the season with a 1-0 win over Manchester City. By week three, the North London club was top of the log.
At week 10, Tottenham sits eighth on the log with less than inspiring performances leading to Nuno Espirito Santo accusing some players of lack of commitment to the cause.
The recent defeat at the hands of an equally poor Manchester United has forced many to question the suitability of Nuno Espirito Santo for the Spurs job. Just recently, Michael Bridge claimed he wouldn't be surprised if Nuno got the sack.
Following the United loss, their fifth this season, chairman Daniel Levy and the clubs' managingctor Fabio Paratici have discussed the manager and his future, as reported by BBC.
Talks ongoing between Daniel Levy, Fabio Paratici and whole Tottenham board to decide on Nuno Espirito Santo’s future, under discussion. He could be sacked but no decision made yet - and it’s gonna take some hours. ⚪️ #THFC pic.twitter.com/3TaXbAphUy— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 31, 2021
Nuno, who has a two-year deal, is believed to be reaching the end of his tenure with a sack looming over him.
Daniel Levy is at the heart of Spurs' problem with his perceived lack of ambition. Five days before the Carabao Cup final, Mourinho was relieved of his job. To many, including Harry Kane, the club was not interested in winning trophies. Kane unsuccessfully angled for a move away from the club in the summer.
Following the difficulty in signing a replacement for Jose Mourinho, a few names have popped up as Nuno's replacement.
Antonio Conte's name came up, but there are rumours of the Italian not interested in the Spurs job. Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has been tipped to land the job. Fonseca was initially Spurs first choice in the summer, but Levy changed his mind. Fonseca is now the favourite for the job amid interest from Newcastle.