Tottenham Hotspur have sacked manager Nuno Espirito Santo following the club’s tame 3-0 defeat against Manchester United. This is the club’s second managerial sacking this year after they dismissed Jose Mourinho.
The board, including chairman Daniel Levy were left frustrated after the London side’s nature of defeat against Manchester United. Levy was reportedly in a meeting with sporting director to discuss the future of the manager, and the decision to dismiss him was subsequently approved.
The Portuguese manager was appointed at the start of the season. He succeeded interim manager Ryan Mason, who led the club after Jose Mourinho was sacked prior to the Carabao Cup final in April.
Nuno Espirito Santo was never Spurs’ first candidate when it came to the post of their manager. The club had held unsuccessful talks with the likes of Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso. Nuno had already announced that he would be leaving his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of last season.
The crowd resorted to boos at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium after the full-time whistle and also during the substitution where the manager opted to bench Lucas Moura to bring on Steven Begwijn.
Tottenham Hotspur release statement following dismissal
Spurs are currently 8th in the Premier League table with 15 points to their name. They have secured 5 wins and 5 losses with the defeats being of significant margin. The club recorded 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace, Chelsea, and Manchester United. Spurs were also on the losing side of the North London derby against Arsenal as well.
“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.
A further coaching update will follow in due course.”
Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici added: “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.”