Tottenham confirm Nuno appointment to end manager search

Tottenham confirm Nuno appointment to end manager search

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Tottenham’s long wait for a new manager has ended following the appointment of former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

The Portuguese left Molineux at the end of the 2020/21 campaign after four successful years with the club.

He has now replaced Jose Mourinho in north London by signing a two-year deal.

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Speaking about the move, Nuno said: “When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy.

“It’s an enormous pleasure and honour (to be here), there’s joy and I’m happy and looking forward to starting work.

“We don’t have any days to lose and we must start working immediately as pre-season starts in a few days.”

His appointment comes just weeks after the arrival of new managing director of football Fabio Paratici.

Paratici added: “The brief for this appointment has always been clear, we wanted a head coach that can instil all the values that are important to this football club.

“You only have to look at Nuno’s time at Wolves to see his ability to take a group of players and implement an adaptive style that brings success and allows players to develop and thrive. We are all looking forward to getting started in what we hope will be a successful time with the club.”

Nuno guided Wolves to seventh place in the Premier League in both 2018/19 and 2019/20.

It’s hoped he can take Spurs back into the top four next term after they finished seventh in the season just finished.

Following the sacking of Mourinho in April, chairman Daniel Levy has been desperately searching for a new manager.

Ajax’s Erik ten Hag and Scott Parker were early frontrunners, although they swiftly took themselves out of contention.

Brighton boss Graham Potter was then linked. Those rumours resulted in a defiant stance from Seagulls chief executive Graham Barber, effectively warding off a move from Spurs.

Then came the Antonio Conte saga. He became a free agent by walking away from Inter Milan soon after their Serie A triumph.

The Italian held talks with Spurs but opted against a Premier League return due to being ‘unconvinced’ by their project.

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