Nuno Espirito Santo’s reign in Tottenham was going to end in tears but the fault lies with Daniel Levy
Nuno Espirito Santo’s reign at Tottenham was always going to end in tears, but it is Daniel Levy who should be to blame after his fifth Premier League loss of the season.
- Nuno Espirito Santo’s time as Tottenham coach could end soon
- Tottenham suffered their fifth defeat of the season in the Premier League on Saturday
- Daniel Levy should be to blame after the long hiring process in the summer
- Espirito Santo was never really the right fit for the North London Club
Even if Nuno Espirito Santo survives the week, it would only prolong the agony. Even if he manages to win a few more matches, it would only delay the inevitable.
We all know how this story ends; we all have known for quite some time. Tottenham’s hierarchy have taken a bit more work to do, but it seems they’ve gotten there in the end.
Daniel Levy was leading the talks on Sunday about Nuno’s future at the club, or rather his lack of one. The news of the possible departure of the Portuguese was received with joy by the faithful of the Spurs.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s time at Tottenham could soon come to an end after another defeat
Tottenham supporters had turned against Nuno long before Saturday’s weak loss to Manchester United. Those who had not, were beginning to do so.
The boos that echoed through the club’s magnificent stadium on Saturday night were indicative of discomfort towards the former Wolves boss. Tottenham is toxic right now; Nuno’s position as head coach is at the root of much of that toxicity.
The ever-growing sections of the fanbase were decided long before Saturday night. For them, Nuno is not the man, he never was.
Spurs fans showed their discontent towards the coach as boos sounded around the stadium.
Roy Keane summed it up succinctly: ‘Spurs are boring. They are boring to watch. Really boring.’
It’s not the first time this season that crowds of Spurs fans, heads down, left the stadium Saturday night feeling the same.
Tottenham fans grudgingly accept failure; they have had to get used to it over the years.
What they cannot accept, however, is not style or swagger. The ‘Tottenham Way’ is a bone of contention: many argue that it puts style before substance.
It’s a valid argument, Tottenham have had very little success, certainly in terms of silver, over the years.
Daniel Levy must bear the blame after hiring Espírito Santo during the summer
But for those rooted in Tottenham’s rich attacking traditions, the ‘Tottenham Way’ is the only way.
Of course, fans would be much more generous to Nuno and his pragmatic approach if they were winning.
But Tottenham have lost 50 percent of their Premier League matches so far, hence the unease among the natives.
It has not been all bad. Three consecutive Premier League victories to start the season, including a euphoric win over champion Manchester City in Nuno’s first game in charge, had Spurs fans dreaming.
But even during the heady heights of that 100 percent start, the danger signs were there. Tottenham scored just three goals in those three games, one of them off a Dele Alli penalty to eliminate the Wolves.
They have been falling apart ever since. Although the reasons behind Tottenham’s unfortunate situation are not all created by Nuno.
It is Sod’s law that Harry Kane chose the beginning of Nuno’s reign to suffer what has been his only prolonged dry patch since he stormed the Spurs team in 2014.
But perhaps the biggest mitigating factor is that Nuno should never have been put in this position in the first place. The former Wolves boss was far down the list of potential candidates for the Spurs job after the club failed to secure a number of preferred coaches, including Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio. Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso. .
Truth be told, many at Spurs knew he was not the one. Therefore, the reason for his appointment will always be a mystery to them.
After their loss on Saturday, Tottenham have now lost five games after just 10 league games.
Levy and the board, who promised fans a new coach who would return the club to its offensive traditions, must bear the blame for that.
However, it appears that Levy has finally acknowledged his mistake.
Those who want to get rid of Nuno may have to wait a little longer for his wish.
However, barring the most unlikely change, it seems inevitable that your wishes will eventually be fulfilled.