Nuno Espirito Santo has been confirmed as Tottenham’s new head coach, bringing an end to a tumultuous search for Jose Mourinho’s successor.
Mourinho was dismissed at the back end of last season, with results and performances eluding the Portuguese boss.
Since then, Spurs have been on a lengthy search and have suffered a number of setbacks before the ex-Wolves manager’s appointment was confirmed.
A host of names had been linked with the vacant position, including Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Gennaro Gattuso.
In a statement on the club’s official site, Daniel Levy mentioned how Nuno fits with the ‘Spurs DNA’ they are keen to rediscover following Mourinho’s ill-fated reign.
“I’ve spoken already about the need to revert back to our core DNA of playing attacking, entertaining football and Fabio 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.”
But the appointment isn’t one that has been universally well received from the fanbase, with many pointing to his pragmatic approach in his previous job.
Wolves ended the 2020/21 season as the top-flight’s fifth lowest scorers, although he did have to contend with the injury to Raul Jimenez.
Mourinho actually coached Nuno during his time at FC Porto and has remained close with his compatriot ever since.
And speaking while the two were serving their former employers, Mourinho hinted that his old friend was ready for “bigger things”.
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“I really think he’s doing fantastic work,” he said during last season. “We are in a generation when sometimes coaches get jobs and nobody knows why.
“In this case it is just about his work. He works and works and works, and proves how good he is.
“In my opinion – I hope that Wolves’ fans and board forgive me – I think he has conditions for bigger things.
“I hope that one day, the bigger comes because he’s doing fantastic work.”
Mourinho also offered an insight into his respect for Nuno’s Wolves during Amazon’s All or Nothing documentary where he outlined the kind of team that had been built under his guidance.
“Wolves, this team is very aggressive,” said Mourinho during the 2019/20 campaign. “They press, they go on 50-50s, they win duels.
“You see the profile of the team and it’s difficult. If you go there with a Mickey Mouse mentality, they **** us.
“[Matt] Doherty, aggressive. [Adama] Traore, powerful. Jonny Castro, bam, boom, aggressive.
“Even if you are winning and you think the game is under control, the game is comfortable, with this team it’s not comfortable. They can create chances. They can score goals.
“This is a game that demands a lot from you, demands that aggression, demands the attitude, demands that ambition that we need.”
Nuno will take charge of Spurs’ pre-season training, when the senior team not involved in Euro 2020 return to the complex next week.