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Tottenham considering sacking Nuno Espirito Santo immediately following Manchester United loss


The Portuguese coach was booed by supporters during Saturday’s defeat (Picture: Getty)

Tottenham are considering sacking Nuno Espirito Santo immediately following Saturday’s defeat to Manchester United and are holding emergency talks to discuss the situation, according to reports.

The north London club were soundly beaten 3-0 at home to an under-pressure United side – who themselves shipped five goals last time out against Liverpool – with supporters booing the manager during the game.

His decision to sub off Lucas Moura was greeted with derision and chants of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’, while some fans even sung ‘We want Nuno out’ after United netted their third.

Nuno cut a forlorn figure as Spurs were beaten 3-0 by United (Picture: Getty)

The result compounds a woeful start to the season for Spurs, who have already lost four London derbies this season against Chelsea, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Arsenal.

Although Tottenham are only two points off the top-four places, they have lost five games this season, more than 18th-placed Leeds, and have a -7 goal difference – only the bottom three have a worse record.

Spurs also suffered a humiliating defeat against Vitesse in the Europa Conference League, while there are serious question marks over the style of football being played.

Now The Telegraph report that Spurs’ hierarchy are holding emergency talks on Sunday over Nuno’s future and are giving serious consideration to dismissing the Portuguese coach now.

Although chairman Daniel Levy has also been under fire due to Spurs’ poor start, the final decision over Nuno’s future is believed to rest with new managing director of football Fabio Paratici.

Speaking about what he wanted from a new manager, Levy said at the end of last season: ‘We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great club and return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our Academy alongside experienced talent.’

Tottenham didn’t manage a single shot on target vs United (Picture: Getty)

But Spurs are arguably playing even worse football now than they did under Jose Mourinho, with wantaway striker Harry Kane’s form noticeably dipping and the side playing without any clear plan or philosophy.

Should Tottenham decide to axe Nuno, they will hope their hunt for a replacement goes rather more smoothly than it did in the summer, with the former Wolves boss having been well down their shortlist after getting rejected by the likes of Antonio Conte and Brendan Rodgers.

Asked about his job, Nuno himself said yesterday: ‘I am only thinking about the next game and the next training session. There are not words that will solve the situation. When they [the fans] don’t see the team play the way they expect they are going to boo. I believe the players are better than that and it’s up to us to change the mood.’


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