A major update has emerged in Tottenham Hotspur’s managerial search and it is sure to leave many supporters fuming…
According to Daily Mail journalist Ian Ladyman, former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is moving fast through a depleted pool of candidates and has now emerged as the leading contender to finally replace Jose Mourinho.
The 47-year-old is said to have the backing of recently-appointed director of football Fabio Paratici and now chairman Daniel Levy too.
Spurs have missed out on as many as eight different candidates throughout the nine weeks since the Portuguese was sacked, so with pre-season now only ten days away, they must make an appointment sooner rather than later.
Indeed, the pressure was already on Levy and co to find the right man, having been faced with fan protests in recent months, but the fact that so many names have come and gone is worrying. Despite the lack of remaining options, though, it seems that Nuno is not a popular option whatsoever.
The Lilywhites had initially pursued the likes of Bayern-bound Julian Nagelsmann, Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and Ajax coach Erik ten Hag, but all were quickly ruled out of the running. They then attempted to make a sensational return for Mauricio Pochettino and held firm talks with Chelsea’s former Premier League-winning manager Antonio Conte.
Those names are certainly a cut above the recent ones mooted with taking over, including Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso – and just like the latter, a social media campaign has been trending actively against the appointment of Nuno.
Unlike the Italian, it’s not because of a controversial and brash past, but instead it’s over his brand of football and the lack of ambition the club are showing when there are names like Ernesto Valverde available on the market.
The responses to the Daily Mail’s report highlights exactly the mood in north London right now. For example, one supporter claimed that it would be a “devastating to end” their job search with a manager known for his “dour style of football” when there are plenty of other successful names out there.
Those may only be three responses but they all echo the thoughts of many who have pushed the #NoToNuno campaign on social media right now.
This latest news will likely leave many in N17 absolutely furious as their managerial hunt looks to be teetering towards a disappointing end.