Nuno Espirito Santo admits ‘all didn’t go to plan’ and labels football as the ‘most ruthless sport’ as he speaks out for the first time since his sacking by Tottenham after just FOUR months at the club
- Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked after just 17 games in charge at Tottenham
- Spurs lost five of their ten Premier League games under the ex-Wolves boss
- The club replaced Santo with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
- Santo has spoke out for the first time since he was sacked by the club last week
Nuno Espirito Santo has labelled football as the ‘most ruthless sport’ following his dismissal by Tottenham, just four months after he was appointed manager of the club.
The former Wolves boss was named as the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho at the end of June ahead of the 2021/22 season.
He lasted just 17 games in charge and won just five out of the ten Premier League games he oversaw.
Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked by Tottenham after just 17 games in charge of the club
Santo left the club after losing 3-0 to Manchester United, with Spurs quick to appoint former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as their manager just a couple of days later.
The 47-year-old Portuguese has now taken to social media to speak out for the first time since his departure last week. He posted on Instagram: ‘Wow, the last few weeks have been hectic to say the least.
‘This is football the most ruthless sport in the game, only a couple of weeks back I was crowned Manager of the Month and fast forward to the present and it’s been some days since my dismissal at Spurs.
‘This is life, I move on forward now looking for my next challenge and finally I want to thank the fans of Spurs, when I joined this great club I envisaged a vision to bring trophies but all didn’t go to plan.
‘That’s all really we live and learn, look forward to keeping all of you posted and thank you once again for your constant support.’
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has a big job to turn around Tottenham’s fortunes
Tottenham had lost four of their final six games under Nuno, with the manner and alarming crowd reaction to their thumping by Manchester United, forcing the club into drastic action.
The Portuguese boss’s pragmatic approach has infuriated large sections of the Spurs fanbase, who didn’t want Nuno appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.
The former Wolves boss was way down the list of potential candidates to land the Spurs job after the club failed to land a host of coaches including Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino, Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso.
Conte joined the club after being out of work since he left Inter Milan at the end of last season. The Italian had a successful stint at the San Siro, guiding them to the Serie A title last season.
In his first Premier League game for his new club, they were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Everton showing that there is still a lot of work to be done at Tottenham.