Tottenham Hotspur chiefs are weighing up manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s future after the Premier League defeat by Manchester United, with Paulo Fonseca eyed as a replacement
Tottenham Hotspur are targeting Paulo Fonseca once again – despite passing up the chance to appoint him as manager this summer.
Nuno has lost the support of key members of the dressing room including superstar striker Harry Kane, while fans vented their fury with the performance against the Red Devils with deafening boos.
Spurs chiefs met on Sunday for crisis talks and could replace the Portuguese with his compatriot if they decide to change manager.
Nuno has only been in the job for four months and was not the club’s first-choice for the hot seat.
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Fonseca was heavily linked with the job in mid-June, but his attacking brand of football failed to win over Tottenham’s newly-appointed director of football, Fabio Paratici.
The former Roma boss even claimed he had agreed in principle to take over in north London before Spurs’ U-turn.
“The agreement was done. We were planning the pre-season and Tottenham wanted an offensive coach,” Fonseca told the Daily Telegraph in September. “It wasn’t announced but we planned pre-season players.
“But things changed when the new managing director (Paratici) arrived and we didn’t agree with some ideas and he preferred another coach.
“It’s what the chairman (Levy) and the sporting director (Steve Hitchen) asked for: to build a team who can play attractive and offensive football and I was ready for that.
“I cannot be a different way. All my teams will have these intentions. Against the biggest teams, I’m not sending out my teams to defend near their own box.”
Levy has spoken of the importance of playing an exciting brand of football which lives up to the Tottenham DNA, which is why it was surprising to see Nuno unveiled at the end of June.
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The 47-year-old is renowned for his conservative tactical set-up and made a name for himself in England by making his Wolverhampton Wanderers side hard to break down during four seasons at Molineux.
This approach has not gone down well with Spurs fans who have been left aghast by toothless performances summed up by Harry Kane’s meagre tally of one goal in the Premier League.
Tottenham have only scored nine goals in 10 top-flight games and the only team to have found the back of the net on fewer occasions are rock-bottom Norwich City.