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The curious case of Nuno Espirito Santo

The curious case of Nuno Espirito Santo

Nuno Espirito Santo has long since been viewed as an interesting figure within the managerial landscape ever since he made his way over to Wolverhampton Wanderers a few years ago. Nobody really knew what kind of impact he was or wasn’t going to have but within the space of just a few seasons, he’d done some great stuff.

Wolves were promoted back to the Premier League and they did so fairly emphatically by winning the Championship with relative ease. From there they went up to the top tier and things continued to go smoothly, as they finished seventh in their first campaign back with a run to the FA Cup semi-finals to go alongside that.

Manchester City’s subsequent win in the final ensured that they qualified for the Europa League and during the COVID-19 season, their small squad managed to sensationally avoid too many injuries and make it all the way to the quarter-finals. Unfortunately, a lot of fans felt as if the negative tactics of Nuno served as one of the primary reasons why they weren’t quite able to get past Watford in the FA Cup and Sevilla in the Europa League.

That carried over to the following season with Wolves faltering, largely due to a combination of their smaller squad and the decisions Nuno was making.

Many Wolves fans were split regarding whether or not he should continue but ultimately, the right choice was made with Nuno leaving for pastures new. It took a while to wait and see where he was going to go next but in the end it was confirmed that he would be the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

After just a handful of games we’re already starting to see many of the same complaints being voiced and unfortunately for Nuno, not all of them are necessarily his fault. The club has been in a poor state ever since before Mauricio Pochettino had even left and that’s saying something – especially when combined with the fact that Nuno was their fourth or fifth choice to take over after Mourinho.

The loss to Arsenal highlighted how little he seems to care about derby games, which he showcased when Wolves battled West Brom, and the general sense of apathy associated with watching his teams play football just proves that he’s not quite ready for this level – or that he may never be again.

It’s always fair to give new managers a chance and we do think Tottenhams should stick it out until at least the new year, but Nuno needs to start showing them something different. He has to put some belief in the attacking stars he’s got as his disposal because if he doesn’t, he may struggle to find another elite level job in this country or any of the other top five elite European leagues.

If you want to put some money down on how you think Tottenham Hotspur will fare under Nuno this season, head on over to our betting page for more information!

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