Tottenham Hotspur have ended their long search for a manager with the appointment of former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo. The club were struggling to find a replacement with several names being considered and approached.
Nuno Espirito Santo began his managerial career with Rio Ave, but his most recent spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers has been the crown jewel of the lot. The Portuguese manager managed the team for four years and managed to bring them into the Premier League and even gave them a taste of European football.
The 47-year-old has reportedly signed a contract till 2023 and will take over the coaching duties from interim manager Ryan Mason.
“When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy. It’s an enormous pleasure and honour (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.” Nuno said following his appointment with the London club.
Nuno’s very first assignment with the club will be a set of London derbies as part of the pre-season before Manchester City and ex-club Wolves come calling in the first week of the Premier League.
Spurs had to grind through to find a new manager
After sacking Jose Mourinho right before a cup final, former Spurs player Ryan Mason held the post till the end of the season.
Spurs’ first choice was Serie A winning coach Antonio Conte, and while the two parties came close to an agreement, the Italian coach rejected the club for not matching his expectations.
The club, then went on to finalize a deal with former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca, but thr deal collapsed right at the last moment due to tax issues. Recently sacked from Napoli, Gennaro Gattuso was the next candidate, but the project collpased in the early stages itself.
“First of all, I’d like to welcome Nuno to the Club. We should like to thank our supporters for all their patience throughout this process. I’ve spoken already about the need to revert back to our core DNA of playing attacking, entertaining football,” chairman Daniel Levy said