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Tottenham’s shortest managerial reign in Premier League History: Where did it go wrong for Nuno at Spurs?

Spending just 123 days at Spurs, in which he oversaw 17 games across all competitions, Nuno Espirito Santo’s ten Premier League matches at the helm is the fewest of any Tottenham boss, one less than Frenchman Jacques Santini’s 11 in 2004.

The Portuguese manager signed a two-year deal to take over as Spurs head coach back in June, after four successful years in charge of Wolves.

However, after a 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United – their fourth defeat in six Premier League games – media speculation arose suggesting Nuno’s future was in doubt, with the Tottenham board discussing a potential managerial change.

The 47-year-old’s short spell in North London officially came to an end today, with Tottenham eighth in the Premier League, having lost five games from his ten league fixtures at the club.

Spurs supporters booed the decision to take Lucas Moura off for Steven Bergwijn against Manchester United on the weekend, with the fact they’re side haven’t had a shot on target in their last two hours and 16 minutes of football also causing frustration amongst fans.

The ex-Wolves boss wasn’t the main target for Spurs when looking for Jose Mourinho’s replacement, with his appointment never a truly popular one for sections of the fanbase.

Nuno had to contend with the task of repairing Harry Kane’s relationship with the club, with the striker’s form faltering alongside Spurs’ in the league.

Spurs are next in action against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday at home, before a trip to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

They are now seeking for their fourth permanent manager in the last three years, with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in talks with the club, according to Sky in Italy.

Conte worked with Spurs’ Managing Director of Football Fabio Paratici during his time at Juventus in 2014, and the deal for him to take over at Tottenham is believed to be at its final stages.

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