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Tottenham branded a ‘football laughing stock’ after Nuno Espirito Santo is fired

Tottenham ‘is the laughing stock of football’ on the pitch, insists Jamie Redknapp after Nuno’s firing … while claiming ‘a lot of mistakes’ are being made in the boardroom


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Tottenham have become “the laughing stock of football” on the pitch due to mistakes made in the boardroom, according to former club midfielder Jamie Redknapp.

Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked by the club on Monday morning, just four months after taking office, and the club has already suffered five Premier League losses this season.

The club is now approaching former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte with growing optimism that they will reach an agreement given that talks between the two sides are moving rapidly.

Tottenham is 'the laughing stock of football' on the pitch, according to Jamie Redknapp

Tottenham is ‘the laughing stock of football’ on the pitch, according to Jamie Redknapp

Nuno Espirito Santo was fired after just 124 days in office

Nuno Espirito Santo was fired after just 124 days in office

Antonio Conte won the Premier League with Chelsea

Antonio Conte won the Premier League with Chelsea

Spurs fired Nuno Espirito Santo (left) on Monday and are closing in on Antonio Conte (right)

The former Italy manager turned down the opportunity to move to the North London club in the summer, but the Spurs have now called back, as they are five points behind the top four.

But talking to Sky Sports, Redknapp insists that Conte must be able to dictate certain matters on the part of President Daniel Levy, because at this moment they represent the “laughingstock” of the game.

‘I don’t understand why after four months you can get it [Conte] but you couldn’t get it four months ago, ‘Redknapp said.

‘There must have been a problem with the transfer budget and maybe he did not agree with what Daniel Levy wanted to do with the club.

Redknapp (above) believes that many mistakes have been made in the club's boardroom.

Redknapp (above) believes that many mistakes have been made in the club's boardroom.

Redknapp (above) believes that many mistakes have been made in the club’s boardroom.

He added that President Daniel Levy (R) should not interfere with Conte's ways if he is appointed.

He added that President Daniel Levy (R) should not interfere with Conte's ways if he is appointed.

He added that President Daniel Levy (R) should not interfere with Conte’s ways if he is appointed.

‘When you have a coach like Antonio Conte, you have to give him the license to put in the players he wants and play the system he wants.

‘You can’t interfere, he does things his way. I know you have worked with Tottenham’s football director [Fabio Paratici] before at Juventus, and that is important because they have to work, get married and pull in the right direction. Otherwise it can be a disaster.

“Right now, on the pitch, Tottenham are the laughing stock of football. Off the field they are the envy of all because of the stadium and the training ground.

“But on the field they are making a lot of mistakes in that boardroom.”

Redknapp also believes that Conte's relationship with football director Fabio Paratici (forward) will be crucial.

Redknapp also believes that Conte's relationship with football director Fabio Paratici (forward) will be crucial.

Redknapp also believes that Conte’s relationship with football director Fabio Paratici (forward) will be crucial.

Brighton boss Graham Potter and former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca have also been linked to the role of replacing Nuno, but Conte’s appointment would be the most striking.

Conte won the Premier League in 2017, his first season at Chelsea, before moving on to FA Cup glory the following year. He also won Serie A last season with Inter Milan.

The 52-year-old was also linked to the Manchester United position last week, although the pressure has increased slightly on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since his win against Spurs at the weekend.

Whoever is appointed would be Spurs’ fourth permanent coach since the start of the 2019-20 season, with Mauricio Pochettino, José Mourinho and Nuno leading up to it, while Ryan Mason took over the temporary role at the end of last season.

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