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What went wrong for Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham

Toby Cudworth
Nuno Espirito Santo's reign at Tottenham was very brief
Nuno Espirito Santo's reign at Tottenham was very brief / Visionhaus/GettyImages
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Nuno Espirito Santo's tenure at Tottenham ended on Monday morning after just 124 days, and bleak details about his reign have already started to emerge.

Following on from the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, chairman Daniel Levy made the decision to remove Nuno from his post - given how dreary and uninspiring recent performances have been from Spurs.

They've lost half of the 10 Premier League games they've played this season - as well as dropping points in the Europa Conference League against Rennes and Vitesse - but more worryingly haven't offered any kind of threat going forward - you only need to look at Harry Kane's goal return to see how bad things have been in front of goal.

They have also been exceptionally easy to play against, with Tottenham's midfield core bypassed all too regularly in order to expose their relatively new defence.

With Nuno gone, Spurs are expected to appoint Antonio Conte as their new head coach on an initial 18-month deal - one that includes a host of break clauses should things go awry for the Italian.

But before Conte gets comfortable in his new surroundings and ushers in a new era, there is the small matter of where things went wrong for Nuno.

Discontent at Tottenham had rumoured for a number of weeks, both in terms of tactics and match preparation, and MailOnline Sport detail that many felt that Nuno was only ever employed as a stop gap measure because the club weren't able to hire their primary targets.

There was a feeling that the club had no confidence in appointing Nuno, and that's why he was offered just a two-year contract - which, again, included break clauses should the season not pan out as planned.

The players were also said to be 'shocked' by Nuno's lack of specific preparation drills in the lead up to matches, in particular in the build-up to the north London derby - which Spurs convincingly lost 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Nuno is also claimed to have had a 'work hard, stay disciplined and Harry or Son will score' mentality, and many felt that his overall demeanour and mood was not befitting of a head coach leading Tottenham.

The Portuguese was said to be 'glum' around the training ground, and conversations were often short, hostile and not particularly engaging. Indeed, that was the case with both players and his coaching staff.

Whatever the truth may be, Nuno now finds himself out of work having dived straight back in after ending a a successful four-year spell at Wolves earlier in the summer. He led them to the promised land of the Premier League via automatic promotion, before clinching successive seventh place finishes and a place in the latter stages of the Europa League.


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