Following a 3-0 humbling by Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur have sacked their manager Nuno Espirito Santo. He managed to win just eight of his 16 matches as Spurs boss. While much was expected from Nuno following his impressive stint with Wolverhampton Wanderers, he faltered following a strong start.
Spurs’ managing director of football Fabio Paratici said: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision. 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.“
As Tottenham Hotspur’s witchhunt for a new manager begins, yet again, we look at the three potential candidate to replace Nuno in the Spurs camp.
3 managers who can replace Nuno Espirito Santo
Italian tactician Antonio Conte is one of the favourites to fill the spot at Tottenham. Conte was linked to the job earlier in the summer and was close to joining the club only for the club financials to lead the management to pull the plug on the deal. The former Chelsea and Inter Milan is the right person they need.
Conte is an out and out winner and his mentality might just be the shot in the arm the Spurs are looking for. The Italian led Chelsea to a Premier League title in the 2016/2017 season and is coming off a title-winning season with Inter Milan. With Tottenham looking for a revamp, Conte seems to be the perfect guy for the job.
Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is yet another candidate the Spurs were close to signing in the summer but never did. With the situation volatile, Tottenham might try and lure in the Portuguese for the job. He has won trophies in Portugal and Ukraine and makes a good replacement for Nuno.
Fonseca’s only big job in Europe was with Roma. He won 53 out of his 102 games with the Old Lady. The Portuguese had a great run with Shakhtar in Ukraine where he won 103 games off the 139 he was involved in. Fonseca has been at the top level for some time now and his maiden stint in the English league might change the Spurs’ forunes.
Porto boss Sergio Conceicao too is in line to take over the Hotspurs following Nuno’s sack. Conceicao’s undefeated Porto are currently sitting at the top of Primeira Liga with eight wins from 10 this season. The Portuguese manager has a tremendous record with Porto having won 166 matches out of the 233 he has featured in.
Conceicao was named the best coach in the Primeira Liga for two years on the trot and has won five trophies with the reigning Portuguese champions. The 46-year-old doesn’t seem to be a bad choice for Spurs who are 10 points off the leaders Chelsea at the moment. But he is behind Conte and Fonseca in the pecking order.