OFFICIAL : Former Wolves boss has been appointed as Tottenham’s new manager
As per a report from Sky Sports, Tottenham Hotspur has confirmed the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager on three year deal after Director of Football Fabio Paratici arrived in London to finish the deal.
Spurs let go of Jose Mourinho back in April and appointed Ryan Mason as their interim boss. Since then, they have been linked with many names, but none have come to fruition. There were suggestions that Nuno was being targeted by Turkish side Fenerbahce, but the Sky report states that it’s not true. The path for the north Londoners to appoint the former Wolves boss is crystal clear now.
Former Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo will remain in the Premier League after taking charge at Tottenham. The 47-year-old has signed until 2023.
Tottenham’s search for a new manager is finally over after Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor. Ryan Mason filled in as caretaker boss following Mourinho’s sacking in April, steering the club through to the end of the 2020-21 season.
Former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was linked with a sensational return, while Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso were all rumoured to be on the verge of filling the vacancy at different stages in the process. However, the London club have instead turned to Nuno after his four-year spell with Wolves came to an end in May.
The 47-year-old Portuguese has signed a deal until 2023 with Tottenham, where he will work alongside new director of football Fabio Paratici.
“When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy,” Nuno said following his appointment. “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 earned promotion to the top flight in his first season in charge at Wolves, then followed that achievement with successive seventh-place finishes in the top tier. He also reached the quarter finals of the Europa League in the 2019-20 season but, following an underwhelming 2020-21 campaign – not helped by a long-term injury sustained by Raúl Jiménez in November, plus the sales of Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota – he left by mutual consent.
Nuno starts his new role amid uncertainty over the future of England captain Harry Kane, with Manchester City reportedly bidding £100million for the prolific striker.
“First of all, I’d like to welcome Nuno to the club,” Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said. “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 and Fabio and I believe Nuno is the man who can take our talented group of players, embrace our young players coming through and build something special.”
There is also the matter of star striker Harry Kane and whether or not he will be sold. This is going to be the first big test for Nuno, but the decision may be out of his control and in the hands of Paratici and Daniel Levy.
Tottenham have zeroed in on Nuno as their preferred candidate after other targets did not work out. Though not the most high-profile name linked with the manager’s job, the Portuguese is capable of putting up a good show in north London.