Former Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo is the leading contender to become the new Tottenham Hotspur manager as per reports.
The Portuguese mastermind decided to vacate his role at Wolves after the club had a rocky Premier League season. Tottenham, on the other hand, sacked Jose Mourinho on 19th April 2021 right before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Since then, Spurs have struggled and only managed to secure a UEFA Europa Conference League spot. The North London side will be the first English club to feature in the inaugural tournament.
Mourinho has been signed as AS Roma’s new manager. He replaces Paulo Fonseco who was originally linked with a move to London, however, the talks fell through and it does not seem likely to go through.
Gennaro Gattuso also went out of consideration amid fans protesting the Italian’s appointment after he left Napoli’s head coaching role.
Nuno has been linked with the vacant managerial jobs at two other Premier League clubs as well. He is the front-runner for the Everton job that became vacant following Carlo Ancelotti choosing to head back to manage Real Madrid.
Crystal Palace is the other Premier League club that Nuno has been linked with this summer.
Spurs struggling to find Mourinho’s replacement
Earlier this week, former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann told BBC Sport he was keen on the White Hart Lane job.
Before that, Spurs had a “dizzying” offer for Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui that he chose to turn down, according to the Spanish club. That is understandable though.
Lopetegui is Spanish and has done a fairly good job in Seville. He also managed to secure a Champions League place with the club so it does not make sense to then join a club that will be playing European football in the third tier.
Earlier in June, Spurs were in advanced talks with former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte who chose to not join the club given the difference in ideologies.
Tottenham owner Daniel Levy was also trying to persuade former manager Mauricio Pochettino to leave Paris Saint-Germain and join the north London club once again. Pochettino also turned this offer down.
Nuno left Wolves in May after four years in charge. He won the EFL Championship title in his first season and led Wolves to seventh place in the Premier League in the following two seasons.
Last season, however, Wolves fell to 13th and they were clearly affected by the losses of Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez.
Nuno felt that he needed a change and take nothing away from his talent as a manager. He could be the manager who can offer a breath of fresh air to the side.