Tottenham managerial saga over as ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s successor
Tottenham have announced Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach.
The former Wolves boss, who previously held talks with Everton and Crystal Palace, has signed a two-year deal and replaces Jose Mourinho at the helm.
Spurs have been looking for Mourinho’s replacement since his sacking on April 19 and, after a chaotic recruitment process, have finally ended their pursuit following Nuno’s appointment.
Speaking to the club’s website following his confirmation as the new boss in N17, 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.”
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 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.”
Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte were both heavily linked with the post.
A farcical 48-hour period also saw the north London club end talks with Paolo Fonseca, before the club made a spectacular u-turn on a move to make Gennaro Gattuso their new boss owing to fan backlash.
But the appointment of new sporting director Fabio Paratici accelerated a move for Nuno.
Nuno is expected to be in position to take the start of pre-season training on Monday, where players not involved in international football this summer will return to Hotspur Way.
He has been available since May after his four-year stint at Wolves ended.
The 47-year-old took over in the summer of 2017 and immediately led Wolves out of the Championship before delivering two seventh-placed finishes in the Premier League.
They also made the Europa League quarter-final in 2019-20 but the loss of Diogo Jota and a serious injury to Raul Jimenez saw the midlands club slump to a 13th-placed finish last season.