Nuno Santo is now thought to be among the candidates for the vacant Tottenham Hotspur job…
That’s according to talkSPORT, who delivered a fresh update on the managerial situation in North London over the weekend.
The 47-year-old left Premier League rivals Wolves by mutual consent at the end of the 2020/21 season and is said to be a favoured candidate of newly-appointed director of football Fabio Paratici as their search continues.
He had been in talks with ex-Roma boss Paulo Fonseca before talks collapsed at the 11th hour and then a move for Gennaro Gattuso fell through following backlash from supporters, leaving Spurs back at square one.
Nuno is currently available and has rejected the chance to join Crystal Palace, whilst Everton have been linked to the Portuguese in recent weeks too.
Despite his obvious suitability for the role, this is another hugely disappointing name to be mooted as Jose Mourinho’s successor and that’s something the fans are feeling too.
The struggling Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon could thrive in Nuno’s wing-back system, whilst he steered Wolves into the Europa League just one year after gaining promotion to the big time.
However, the Jorge Mendes client has proven to be tactically inflexible throughout his time at Molineux.
No team 16th or better scored fewer than their 36 goals, even relegated West Brom were only one strike from matching that tally. Of course, a lot can be attributed to the fact that they devastatingly lost leading talisman Raul Jimenez early on in the season.
Club-record £35m signing Fabio Silva scoring just four times in 32 appearances when trying to fill that void. Just imagine his struggles if Harry Kane were to be sold amid speculation over his future.
Nuno introduced a new style of play during his final season at the club, in which the Telegraph’s John Percy has insinuated was rather negative, which would back up their struggles in front of goal and is a reason why the Midlands outfit have appointed Bruno Lage, who got Benfica scoring 103 goals in one season.
In response to talkSPORT’s claims, there weren’t many fans pleased by the news.
“It gets worse!” declared one member of the Lilywhites faithful, whilst another begged that it wasn’t going to be true. A further supporter described the move as “total desperation” and an additional fan said he despised everything about the club now.
That may only be a handful of reactions but it displays the current narrative coming out of North London. They do not want Nuno as their next manager, so Paratici risks making a disastrous decision.
This latest news has clearly left many fuming and that may not change soon.
AND in other news, Exclusive: Graham Roberts tips Spurs quartet for exit…