Another Tottenham coach left Hotspur Way for the last time. Nuno Espirito Santo has been relieved of his duties as Spurs boss after four months.
What revealed exclusively by Sportsmail on Monday, the Portuguese coach was fired by owner Daniel Levy after just four months in office, and Spurs were eighth in the Premier League table after just two wins in their last seven games.
With Tottenham in disarray after a chaotic start to the season, Spurs fan SEB JENKINS from the Spurs website gives his take on Nuno’s departure …
Nuno Espirito Santo has been fired as Tottenham coach after a bad run of results
Daniel Levy and the Tottenham board confirmed the inevitable and canceled Nuno Espirito Santo’s time in North London. However, this should not be a red flag on Nuno’s resume, but simply a reminder of the shortcomings of those in charge at Tottenham.
I can remind you; Just 51 days ago, Nuno won the Premier League Manager of the Month award. He was nine points out of nine, Spurs topped the table, had not conceded a single goal and had a Man City scalp under their belt.
Unfortunately, reality soon caught up with Nuno and Tottenham as the weeks passed and the same old cracks began to appear. However, despite all his flaws and pitfalls, I can’t help but feel sorry for the former boss of the Wolves. From day one, it felt like an impossible task without tools for the job.
Daniel Levy has already wielded the ax to the Portuguese coach with Spurs eighth in the league
After a season of Mourinho soccer and a lackluster league finale, Spurs fans clamored for a return to normalcy … Tottenham’s DNA.
Daniel Levy even came out and promised this in an interview, hinting that the next coach would be a proactive mind and enthusiast in attacking soccer and fluency.
Then came the appointment of Fabio Paratici as the new General Director of Soccer and everything changed again. More comfortable with a conservative coach, Paratici’s influence caused Tottenham to go through a host of managerial names before ending up at Nuno Espirito Santo’s doorstep.
As he walked through the gates of Hotspur Way, Nuno entered knowing he was the seventh option, and perhaps that was generous. He also knew from day one that Spurs fans had been promised a return to offensive football, something not exactly infamous for toasting.
Nuno walked through the door just four months ago and signed a two-year contract with Tottenham
So what did he have to work with? A star forward who wanted to leave the club but was forced to stay. A leaky defense that not even José Mourinho could cover. A fluent soccer promise that he never made but was expected to keep. And 62,000 frustrated home fans demanding answers to questions asked long before Nuno arrived.
I can’t sit here and say that Nuno covered himself in glory during his time in North London. There were certain things that I think I could have done differently, but I guess looking back is a wonderful thing.
Ultimately, I can’t help but feel like I was doomed from the start, fully prepared by Levy and Paratici.
It was like promising her mother that she would fix her sink and then calling a roofer. So you can’t turn around and blame the roofer for your sub-par plumbing skills. What did Levy and Paratici really expect of him beyond the inconsistent results of a disjointed Tottenham team desperate to attack?
New sports director Fabio Paratici (right) was part of the team that signed Nuno at Spurs.
Tottenham have essentially wasted the last six months, while putting fans and players in unnecessary difficulty. There’s just one way back to the right track, and that takes us back to those three famous letters … DNA.
Daniel Levy promised. He clearly relented and allowed Paratici to bring in his favorite man. That plan failed. Now is the time to move on and find a young, offensive, high pressure, exciting and fluid coach to get the bums out of their seats again at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Ultimately, soccer is about scoring points on the board and trophies in the cabinet, neither of which the Spurs have been prolific as of late.
However, it’s also about entertaining the crowd, providing escapism, creating memories, and forging a community within those walls at N17. That is what Tottenham need.
Saturday’s 3-0 home loss to Man United was the Spurs’ fifth loss in seven league games this season.
The disconnection between the club, the players and the fans has never been so wide. You only need to look back a few years under Pochettino when everyone was pulling in the same direction. That feeling of togetherness did not require silverware, we never won anything, but it worked because everyone understood and believed in the same vision.
Levy and the board lost a lot of time at the beginning of the summer during their managerial search. He thought that at least the ‘take your time’ method would result in the correct final decision, but it has been proven wrong beyond belief. This time around, the Spurs president is under increasing pressure to make his next appointment the best.
Fabio Paratici is the Managing Director of Soccer. You can use your contacts to find great players no matter what type of coach you hire. I have no idea why I should comment on the style of football that should be played.
If you promised the fans a return to Tottenham’s DNA, you have to deliver. Call it a … gentlemen’s agreement.
Spurs fans turned on Nuno (left) both during and after the loss to Manchester United
I have no problem with Ryan Mason getting the job until Christmas, or even beyond. As Tottenham use that time to find the perfect attacking coach who finally fits the bill, the fans have been delineating it very clearly for over a year.
The chants of “We want Levy out” were there for all to hear against Manchester United. Trying to put the staff on leave. The European Super League. The DNA lie. Nuno’s mistake. The protests against ENIC and Levy have been bubbling for quite some time. If they don’t play their cards right this time, it could really get ugly.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium should be a place of joy where fans come together to support their beloved team. Lately, it has been a place of toxicity. £ 60 or more on a ticket. Plus your travel costs. Besides your food and drink. In addition to any merchandise that you can buy in the store.
Tottenham supporters are already frustrated with owner Levy for a host of reasons
Pennies in Levy and Co’s pockets, but all Spurs fans have gotten in return is soft, boring football, and a very long walk home each week.
This is a clean slate and a last chance. The Tottenham fans want their club back. I can’t help but feel that Nuno was the innocent victim in a series of bad decisions by those in power.
Get it right this time, Levy, or you risk your legacy becoming more of a beautiful stadium than the beating heart of the football club.
SEB JENKINS from The Spurs website It is also available on Twitter at @SpursWebSeb