Journalist David Ornstein has revealed that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy inserted a sack clause into Nuno Espirito Santo’s contract at the club.
Spurs got off to a brilliant start to the Premier League campaign by winning their first three matches but three defeats in a row – including a 3-1 loss to arch-rivals Arsenal in the north London derby – had piled the pressure on Nuno.
However, the Portuguese coach oversaw a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday with eighth-placed Spurs now just four points behind leaders Chelsea.
Tottenham will be hoping it goes well for Nuno in north London but Ornstein, who is a journalist for The Athletic, has claimed that Spurs ‘secured him on a deal that is believed to be heavily weighted in their favour’.
‘The Athletic has learned that chairman Daniel Levy succeeded in reaching the agreement on his terms, notably including a clause that would benefit Spurs if their season does not go to plan.
‘It is understood that should Nuno fail to deliver a top-six finish, Tottenham would be able to sack the 47-year-old midway through his two-year deal without having to pay any compensation.’
Meanwhile, Son Heung-min was the star for Spurs against Aston Villa, setting up both goals, with Villa boss Dean Smith naming him as the “outstanding player on the pitch”.
However, Nuno was a little more controlled in his praise, instead pointing to a good overall team performance.
The Tottenham boss said after the match: “All the players are very important, all the players. Not only Sonny did a good game, overall the team did very well.
“Sonny, the way he took the team forward and the way he imbalanced them on one-v-one situations was very important, but all the team, there were a lot of good individual performances and when this happens the team plays better, it is natural so I am pleased.”
Nuno has confirmed his quartet of South American international players will be available to play upon their return to England after the break.
Giovani Lo Celso, Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez and Emerson Royal will all now head to red-list countries.
Nuno added: “I can update, they will go and they will return and they will return on different situations.
“They will have to isolate, but we are fortunate enough to have the Lodge and work normally with the team.”