Tottenham Hotspur has finally found a replacement for Jose Mourinho, as the London club’s long hunt for a new manager concluded with the Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo.
💬 “Enormous pleasure. An honour.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 30, 2021
Nuno has been without a job since the end of the season when Wolverhampton Wanderers decided to break a good four-year association with him.
In 2018, the Portuguese coach guided Wolves to Premier League promotion, and he backed that up with two stunning 7th-place finishes. However, a shaky start to last season saw them drop to 13th, bringing the relationship to an end.
“When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy,” Nuno said. “It’s an enormous pleasure and honor (to be here), there’s joy and I’m happy and looking forward to starting work.”
“We don’t have any days to lose and we must start working immediately as pre-season starts in a few days,” he added.
Last season, Tottenham ended in seventh place and Mourinho was sacked in April. Ryan Mason has been appointed as the club’s interim manager until the end of the season.
Following Mourinho’s departure in April, Tottenham attempted to re-hire Mauricio Pochettino before focusing on Antonio Conte.
After it became evident that Conte would not suit the criteria, talks were soon dropped and former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca, who Mourinho is replacing in the Italian city was set to take over. However, Tottenham’s pursuit of Fonseca came to a stop and the club shifted its focus to attempting to sign Gennaro Gattuso, the former AC Milan, and Napoli coach before facing fan outrage.
Nuno was then sought by new Tottenham football managing director Fabio Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy.