Next Spurs boss: ’76 days to appoint Nuno’ used to soften blow in ‘deliberate’ farce as Slot shafts Levy

Will Ford
Daniel Levy at a match

Tottenham’s seemingly farcical search for a new permanent manager is actually “deliberate”, with the 76 days it took them to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo incredibly used as evidence to that effect.

Julian Naglesmann, Hansi Flick, Erik ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, Gennaro Gattuso, Graham Potter: the list of managers Tottenham wanted before appointing Nuno Espirito Santo, who’s now being used to caveat another laughable Spurs search for a new boss.

“I have been hearing a lot of rumours going around about other clubs’ interest in me,” Arne Slot said, withdrawing his hat from the Spurs ring.

“Although I am thankful my wish is to stay at Feyenoord and continue working on what we created last year.

“There is not – and there has not – been transfer conversation and yesterday’s meeting [with Feyenoord] was exclusively for an extension.

“All talks with the club have always been only in that sense. Looking forward to next season with Feyenoord.”

Sky Sports new claim the ‘Spurs’ bosses feel Slot used their interest in him to get an improved contract in the Netherlands’ – they’ve been absolutely shafted.

But Rob Dorsett claims Tottenham’s dithering is “deliberate”, with Sky Sports’ senior reporter incredibly using the 76 days it took the club to appoint Nuno to soften the blow for Spurs fans.

Dorsett said: “As far as Tottenham are concerned, it’s a disappointment. But they were never concrete in their approach for Slot. It never got to any formal stage of discussions with him or Feyenoord, so Spurs will move on.

“When Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed, it took Spurs 76 days before he got the job. It’s been exactly 60 days since Antonio Conte was sacked as Spurs manager. This isn’t happening quickly for Spurs – but that’s deliberate, from my understanding.”

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Don’t worry Spurs fans, you’re only on the 60-day mark and if you wait another couple of weeks you can get another Nuno. Jesus wept.

“They want to be thorough and do their due diligence in their process of appointing a new manager. They will take their time.

“I understand Spurs fans’ frustrations: they would like to know who their new manager is going to be so the club can start working out transfer plans. But there is no rush from Spurs’ perspective.

“They don’t have to play any more football after Sunday’s final game of the Premier League until next season. It gives Daniel Levy time to consider their options and look at the other managers who could be in the running.

“We know Ange Postecoglou of Celtic has been on their list. Roberto De Zerbi has been doing a fantastic job at Brighton, he’s on their list, as is Marco Silva at Fulham. They’ve also been linked with out-of-work managers including Luis Enrique and they have long tracked the work of Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers.

“The truth is: we don’t know to who Spurs go next from here. They are back to the drawing board. But there is an extensive recruitment plan as to who they want as their next manager – but after a bit of bad blood on both sides, it won’t be Arne Slot.”