Tottenham appoint Nuno Espírito Santo as manager on two-year deal

Tottenham have appointed Nuno Espírito Santo as their new manager after a protracted search to find a permanent replacement for José Mourinho. The Portuguese manager, who left Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of the 2020-21 seisoen, has signed a two-year deal.

Mourinho was sacked in April with Ryan Mason being put in temporary charge. After that Spurs have held talks with, among others, Antonio Conte and Gennaro Gattuso without being able to find an agreement with either.

In a statement released by Spurs, Nuno said: “When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy. It’s an enormous pleasure and honour [to be here], there’s joy and I’m happy and looking forward to starting work. We don’t have any days to lose and we must start working immediately as pre-season starts in a few days.”

The Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, added: “First of all, I’d like to welcome Nuno to the club. We should like to thank our supporters for all their patience throughout this process. I’ve spoken already about the need to revert back to our core DNA of playing attacking, entertaining football and Fabio [Paratici, managing director – football] 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.”

Paratici added: “The brief for this appointment has always been clear, we wanted a head coach that can instil all the values that are important to this football club. 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. We are all looking forward to getting started in what we hope will be a successful time with the club.”

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