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Tottenham Hotspur fire manager Nuno Espirito Santo

Portuguese manager relieved of duties after only four months in charge

Tottenham Hotspur have announced that they have parted ways with manager Nuno Espirito Santo after only four months of his appointment at the North London side following an abysmal run of results.

Spurs director Fabio Paratici stated that the club was aware of Nuno’s willingness to make things work and succeed, but the decision had to be taken.

“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.”

Nuno Espirito Santo will be joined in exiting the club by his assistants Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias.

Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-0 loss at home to Manchester United at the weekend was their fifth in seven Premier League matches and served as the final nail in the coffin of Nuno Espirito Santo at the club. They currently occupy eighth place on the log and are ten points behind leaders Chelsea.

The club’s fans chanted, “You don’t know what you’re doing” as Steven Bergwijn made his way onto the pitch on Saturday with their team playing poorly at home to the Red Devils. The chant was directed towards Santo and club chairman Daniel Levy, also in attendance at the stadium.

Nuno Espirito Santo oversaw three consecutive wins at the start of the Premier League season before losing 3-0 to both Crystal Palace and Chelsea, and 3-1 to North London rivals Arsenal. He also oversaw two scandalous 1-0 losses against Pacos de Ferreira and Vitesse in the UEFA Europa Conference League and leaves Tottenham in third place in their group in the competition.

The Portuguese was appointed as Tottenham manager on a two-year deal in June after his compatriot Jose Mourinho was sacked, with Ryan Mason taking interim charge in between.

Renowned Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported that positive contact has been made with former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte ahead of completing a deal for the Italian to take over the reins at the club. The journalist stated that Paratici believes Conte is the right man for the job.

Salahudeen Sulayman

Sulayman is a sports enthusiast and budding Sports writer. You can reach him on Twitter @Sulayman_Salah

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