Tottenham Hotspur have appointed former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager on a two-year contract.
Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho last season just before the Carabao Cup final. Then, they had Ryan Mason finish the season as caretaker manager. Nuno left Wolves in May after four seasons. He brought Wolves to the Premier League and then the Europa League quarter-final.
“It’s an enormous pleasure and honour [to be at Spurs]. I’m happy and looking forward to starting work,” said Nuno.
“We don’t have any days to lose and we must start working immediately as pre-season starts in a few days.”
Nuno will face his former club as Spurs travel to Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in their second league game of the season on 22 August.
Whether he will have England captain and striker Harry Kane amongst his ranks remains to be seen.
The Spurs captain said that he hopes to have “a good, honest conversation” with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy about his future.
It was a struggle for Spurs to find a manager
Tottenham have brought in Nuno after Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Paulo Fonseca turned down the Spurs job this summer.
Spurs made contact with their former manager Pochettino about the possibility of returning to North London. However, the French club were not prepared to let him go even if he showed interest.
Former Chelsea boss Conte left Inter Milan after leading them to the Serie A title. He also had a meeting with Levy but it did not go accordingly to plan as the Italian refused the job.
Ex-Roma manager Fonseca thought he was taking over. But then, Tottenham showed interest in Gattuso, who was quickly rejected when fans reacted badly.
Nuno won the 2017-18 EFL Championship title in his first season with Wolves before leading them to seventh in the Premier League in two consecutive seasons.
Last season was a struggle, however, with Raul Jimenez out injured and the exit of Diogo Jota. They finished 13th last season in a difficult season.
“We should like to thank our supporters for all their patience throughout this process,” said Levy.
“I’ve spoken already about the need to revert back to our core DNA of playing attacking, entertaining football, and [managing director of football] Fabio [Paratici] and I believe Nuno is the man who can take our talented group of players, embrace our young players coming through and build something special.”
“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,” he said.