Tottenham have parted company with head coach Nuno Espírito Santo after just four months in charge, following the dismal Man United defeat and a list of big losses under the former Wolves boss.
After a bright start that saw the former Wolves boss win his first three games in charge and top the Premier League table, a run of five defeats in seven, including a woeful display against an equally struggling Manchester United, has prompted the Spurs hierarchy to take action and part ways with Nuno – despite only appointing him in the summer.
Prior to Saturday’s feeble performance, it is understood that removing Nuno from his position as head coach had not been formally discussed by chairman Daniel Levy and other key figures despite the club’s mediocre start to the campaign.
A Spurs statement said: “The club can today announce that Nuno Espirito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been relieved of their duties.
“A further coaching update will follow in due course.”
Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s managing director, said: ‘I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision.
‘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.’
Santo departs alongside his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias.
However, the team’s underperformance has been a concern among the club’s hierarchy for several weeks.
The manner of Saturday’s loss to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team and the alarming crowd reaction to it has now forced the club into drastic action.
Levy and the club’s hierarchy, including director of football Fabio Paratici, held emergency talks to discuss Nuno’s future on Sunday and decided to axe the Portuguese.
NUNO’S RECORD AS TOTTENHAM BOSS
Goals scored: 21
Goals conceded: 23
Tottenham will now turn their attentions to identifying a replacement for Nuno, with Antonio Conte and Porto boss Sergio Conceicao said to be the favorites to take the job at Spurs.
Ryan Mason could come in for a second stint as caretaker boss after stepping into the breach when Mourinho was sacked last season as Tottenham prepare to take on Vitesse on Thursday, and Premier League action against Rafael Benitez’s Everton on Sunday.