Tottenham Hotspur have sacked Nuno Espirito Santo as manager just four months after taking charge of the club.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy held crisis talks yesterday following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester United and has dismissed Nuno, who was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor after a protracted search this summer.
Levy, who was already worried about recent results and performances, was furious was the manner of the United defeat and has decided make a change with Tottenham eighth in the Premier League.
A short statement on the club’s website confirmed the sacking: “The Club can today announce that Nuno Espírito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been relieved of their duties.
“A further coaching update will follow in due course.”
Fabio Paratici, Managing Director, Football, said: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision.
“Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.”
Spurs will now begin a search to replace Nuno, with Porto manager Sergio Conceicao and Paulo Fonseca being considered as potential candidates. Antonio Conte is being strongly linked with the job in Italy.
Nuno’s short-lived spell at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium isn’t all that surprising given that when it came to getting the job, he was far down the list of managers the club originally wanted to replace Jose Mourinho.
Before he was contacted, the likes of Genaro Gattuso, Antonio Conte and Paulo Fonseca had all looked set to get the job only for those deals to collapse for different reasons and his appointment was an underwhelming one to Spurs fans.
Nuno was appointed on a two-year contract in June. He departs after just 124 days and 17 games in charge with Spurs 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.