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Spurs sack Nuno, in talks with highly-rated coach

Tottenham in talks with highly-rated manager after officially sacking Nuno Espírito Santo

November 1, 2021 By Ali M.
Spurs relieved their Portuguese boss of his duties this morning and are already on the verge of signing a new head coach.

It is official. Just two days after their embarrassing 3-0 home defeat against an out-of-form Man United side, Tottenham have announced the sacking of head coach Nuno Espírito Santo.

The day following that defeat, several credible news sources in the UK reported that an emergency meeting was held to decide the future of the Portuguese tactician.  At first, no decision came out, but in the early hours of Monday, the north London giants dropped an official statement, revealing that the former Wolves boss – as well as his coaching staff – were all relieved of their duties. 

"The club can today announce that Nuno Espirito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been relieved of their duties," the official announcement read.

Daniel Levy made no farewell statement but Spurs' managing director of football Fabio Paratici made sure to praise the departing Nuno, hailing his character during his four-month spell at the club.

"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," read Paratici's parting message.

Despite his admirable attitude, Tottenham were in the midst of a downward spiral under the Portuguese boss. The team was booed off the pitch by the home fans after Saturday's defeat to the Red Devils, but that was merely the final straw, not the beginning.

Horrible defeats to West Ham, Arsenal, and Chelsea preceded that embarrassment, forcing Tottenham to sack their coach after only 10 league games. The club stated that the search for a new boss is underway, with the latest rumors claiming the north London outfit have all but identified Nuno's replacement.

That man is none other than Antonio Conte, one of the most highly-rated managers in world football. The Italian tactician happens to be out of work, which is an added bonus, having failed to land a new job after leaving Inter Milan over the summer after falling out with the San Siro bosses.

According to Sky, the Guardian, and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano; talks are in the final stages, with the former Chelsea and Juventus boss expected to arrive in the English capital to wrap things up as soon as possible.

Conte, who lead all of his last three clubs to league titles, initially rejected the job over the summer, having been offered the position prior to Nuno's appointment. The 52-year-old, however, has now had a change in heart and appears to be on the verge of agreeing an 18-month deal with Spurs. 

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