Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Nuno Espirito Santo will no longer be the team’s head coach after just 17 matches in charge. The announcement came following the 3-0 loss to Manchester United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend. The Portuguese coach exit left the team in eighth place in the current table, 10 points off current leaders Chelsea.
“The Club can today announce that Nuno Espírito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been relieved of their duties,” the club said in a statement. “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.” Follow us for more EPL live score and odds.
Nuno left Wolverhampton and was appointed in June to succeed the troubled Jose Mourinho, with Spurs handing him an initial two-year contract. In total, Spurs won nine of Nuno’s 17 matches as manager, with one draw and seven losses. Five of those defeats came in the Premier League. Under Nuno, Spurs recorded the second-worst totals in both shots and chances created in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, just 24 hours after sacking Espirito Santo, Spurs appointed former Chelsea and Inter boss Antonio Conte as the new team head coach. Conte, who has a Premier League and FA Cup title to his name, left his Italian club after winning their first Serie A title in a decade last season. According to the club, the Italian signed an initial 18-month contract that includes an extension option.
“I am extremely happy to return to coaching, and to do so at a Premier League club that has the ambition to be a protagonist again,” Conte said. “Tottenham has state-of-the-art facilities and one of the best stadiums in the world. “I can’t wait to start working to convey to the team and the fans the passion, mentality and determination that have always distinguished me, as a player and as a coach.”
Conte already met the players in their preparation for Europa League game at home to Vitesse. Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici, who previously worked with Conte at Juventus, added: “We are delighted to welcome Antonio to the club. His track record speaks for itself, with vast experience and trophies in both Italy and England.” Read more for exciting fantasy football this week.
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