Tottenham’s chaotic search for a manager ended on Wednesday with the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo as Jose Mourinho’s successor.
After leaving Wolverhampton at the end of last season, Nuno is quickly back in the Premier League job after signing a two-year contract at Tottenham.
“When you have a team with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and happy,” Nuno said. “It’s a great pleasure and an honor (to be here), a pleasure and I am happy and looking forward to starting work.”
Tottenham finished seventh in May, so its European participation next season will be less attractive and in the new third-tier Europa Conference League.
“We have no days to lose,” Nuno said, “and we must start working immediately because pre-season starts in a few days.”
Following Mourinho’s sacking in April, Ryan Mason was placed in temporary charge of the London club until the end of the season. Tottenham tried to bring back Mauricio Pochettino before turning their attention to Antonio Conte.
After it became clear that Conte did not fit the profile, talks were quickly postponed and former Roma coach Paulo Fonseca, who is replacing Mourinho in the Italian capital, was set to get the job. But Fonseca’s chase ended and Tottenham turned their attention to trying to hire former AC Milan and Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso ahead of a fan backlash.
New Tottenham Football’s managing director Fabio Paratici and president Daniel Levy then sought to bring in Nuno.
“We must thank our supporters for their patience throughout this process,” Levy said. “I have already talked about the need to return to our original DNA of attacking, playing recreational football and Fabio and I believe Nuno is someone who can take on our group of talented players, Can embrace our young players and make something special.”
Nuno has been available from May, after his four-year stint at Wolves ends. The 47-year-old Portuguese took over in 2017 and secured immediate promotion to the Premier League before two seventh-place finishes. Wolves also made it to the Europa League quarter-finals in 2020, but the loss to Diogo Jota and a serious injury to Ral Jiménez left the club 13th last season.