Nuno Espirito Santo is facing a major fight to save his job in the Tottenham Hotspur dugout after he saw his side crash to a 3-0 defeat to Manchester United in front of a hostile home crowd in north London on Saturday.
Supporters turned on their players over the course of an abject 90 minutes, having failed to conjure a single shot on target, while they aimed chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' at their Portuguese coach.
The 3-0 defeat to an equally under pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only heaped the misery on Santo, but he was defiant in his post-match press conference, insisting he understands supporters' frustration and challenging his players to 'regain confidence by actions.'
“I am only thinking about the next game and the next training session," Santo said.
"There are not words that will solve the situation. When they [the fans] don’t see the team play the way they expect they are going to boo. I believe the players are better than that and it’s up to us to change the mood.
“I think we are better than what we showed today...I believe we have the talent to do it. When things don’t work out the confidence is what goes away. We have to regain it by actions.”
Santo's job is under heavy scrutiny heading into the next set of fixtures, with Spurs lying in eighth place in the Premier League table, having allowed Man Utd to leapfrog them with the victory. Supporters are angry at the poor decision-making at the top of the club and chanted, 'we want Levy out' on Saturday, demanding chairman Daniel Levy step aside.
Spurs took an eternity in appointing their new manager over the summer and it is well-documented that Santo was far from their first choice for the position.
Tottenham fans are losing patience with his style of football and uninspiring results, and his role at the club is already becoming untenable only a quarter of the way into the new season.
The north Londoners' next Premier League battle comes against Everton, in what is fast becoming a must-win match for Santo and his coaching staff.