Nuno Espirito Santo is thought to be in a two-horse race for Tottenham Hotspur’s vacant manager’s job…
That’s according to talkSPORT’s Ian Abrahams, who delivered an update on the situation from north London to the club’s supporters to Twitter.
He outlined: “Regarding @SpursOfficial next manager, my information today is it’s a two-horse race now between Nuno Espirito Santo and Graham Potter – I’ve said for 2 months Graham Potter, [I] wonder if he’ll be next Tottenham boss.”
The 47-year-old former goalkeeper left Wolves by mutual consent at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, having departed Molineux following a 13th-placed finish in the top flight.
There have been further reports suggesting that Spurs’ newly-hired sporting director Fabio Paratici is keen on appointing Nuno following collapsed moves for Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso in the past week.
However, the Italian – who has joined from an 11-year stint at Juventus – must be careful to not repeat one of Daniel Levy’s grave mistakes, that being the appointment of Jose Mourinho.
It came to a fateful end in mid-April just days before their Carabao Cup final against Man City, but The Sun claimed that the Spurs chairman believes his decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino for the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ is his biggest error at the club.
Since then, it’s thought that the Lilywhites supremo would like an attack-minded manager to shake things up in north London. Nuno is far from that man, and indeed Paratici could well have Mourinho 2.0 on his hands if he goes ahead with the move.
Nuno may have parted ways with Wolves amicably but it seems as if the club’s hierarchy grew tired of his brand of football during his final season in charge. He switched things up in the summer and, as a result, they were amongst the most negative teams in the 2020/21 Premier League.
No team 16th or higher scored fewer than their 36 goals, whilst relegated Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion were only one behind that tally (Sky Sports).
Bruno Lage, his successor at Wolves, is a lot more attack-minded and he arrives off the back of a previous 103-goal campaign in charge of Benfica – a stark contrast to that of Nuno, whose Wolves team scored 135 in total over the last three top-flight seasons.
Primarily deploying a back-three, the Portuguese proved himself to be tactically inflexible, a bit like Mourinho during his time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. According to The Athletic, the latter “sucked the culture out of the club,” left players bored by his training sessions, and many were unsure of how to attack during games due to his defensive approach.
Paratici must avoid Nuno at all costs, or else Tottenham risk another Mourinho situation brewing in N17.