Tottenham Hotspur got back to winning ways in the Premier League this weekend and that would have eased the pressure on under-fire boss Nuno Santo.
But a huge claim has since emerged that is sure to leave much of the Lilywhites faithful absolutely buzzing…
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Spurs are in a “strong position” on the 47-year-old head coach, whether he succeeds or not.
“The Athletic understands [Nuno’s] 2yr contract includes [a] clause allowing #THFC to release him after 1yr (next summer) without paying compensation if he does not secure a top6 finish,” the reliable journalist tweeted.
In the accompanying column, he goes onto explain how chairman Daniel Levy successfully inserted such a clause in the Portuguese’s contract, should their season not go to plan.
It’s believed that should Nuno fail to reach the top-six this season, Spurs would be able to sack him halfway through his two-year deal.
This is a win-win for Tottenham and it is an interesting development that will surely leave many around N17 happy.
Either Nuno leads them to European qualification, much to the delight of the fans as it’s a step in the right direction, or the club can part ways without having to fork out expensive compensation, as they had to with Jose Mourinho last time.
Some reports suggested that it cost Spurs around £15m to get rid of the ‘Special One’ back in April.
The north Londoners reignited their season on Sunday, defeating Aston Villa 2-1 at home, having suffered three straight heavy defeats. It was the first time they had scored more than once in the Premier League this term and the first time in weeks that they hadn’t conceded three goals in one game.
It hands life to Nuno, who was reportedly already under pressure after such poor form.
However, many have never been behind the appointment of the former Wolves boss – prior to his arrival, a ‘No to Nuno’ campaign was trending on Twitter, meaning there were more than enough accounts on social media making their voice heard, whilst this update from Ornstein has left many rather pleased.
As relayed by This is Futbol, one supporter claimed Levy was a “genius” for inserting such a clause, whilst another suggested it was “good news” for a Monday but these were just two among plenty of others.
On the above evidence, this behind-the-scenes update has come as positive news to many around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Nuno and his squad will be looking to build on the weekend’s victory when they return from international duty in just under two weeks time.