Ex-Spurs boss Santo responds to ‘hectic’ few weeks and ‘ruthless’ sacking

Date published: Monday 8th November 2021 3:50 - Lewis Oldham

Ex-Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo has spoken out after he left the club last week, as he suggested that football is the “most ruthless sport”.

The ex-Wolves boss replaced Jose Mourinho at Spurs ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season.

His reign did not last long as he left the club after only 17 games in charge across all competitions.

Premier League winners but mostly high-profile losers

Santo left the club after losing four of his last six league games. Spurs were quick to find a replacement as former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was announced as his successor a day later.

Tottenham drew 0-0 versus Everton in Conte’s first Premier League game at the club on Sunday.

Santo has taken to Instagram to state that he “envisaged bringing trophies” to Spurs:

“Wow, the last few weeks have been hectic to say the least. This is football the most ruthless sport in the game, only a couple of weeks back I was crowned Manager of the Month and fast forward to the present and it’s been some days since my dismissal at Spurs.

“This is life, I move on forward now looking for my next challenge. Finally, I want to thank the fans of Spurs. When I joined this great club I envisaged a vision to bring trophies but all didn’t go to plan.

“That’s all we really live and learn. Look forward to keeping all of you posted and thank you once again for your constant support.”

Elsewhere, Harry Redknapp has called for Conte to sign Giorgio Chiellini:

“If I were Conte, the first thing I’d be doing is telling Daniel Levy there is another Italian who should be joining him in north London as soon as possible,” Redknapp said.

“Over the next few weeks, no doubt, we’ll see a list of the supposed big-name targets he wants when the transfer window opens.

“I doubt very much if 37-year-old Giorgio Chiellini will be on it. But, for me, he’s the one man the new Spurs manager should move heaven and Earth to bring to London with him.

He added: “And as for his age? Well, he didn’t do too badly at the heart of that Italian defence in the Euros, did he? It’s not as though he’s finished, by any means.

“I love the guy, he’s a real character. Even if it’s only for a year, two at most, he could transform the place.”

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