Early insight into Nuno’s Spurs: ‘Calming effect’ hailed but Portuguese ‘distant and uncommunicative’ away from training
An insight into the atmosphere at Tottenham Hotspur since the arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo at the club has been forthcoming on Friday.
Mou replaced/Kane wants out
The 2021/22 campaign is of course set to prove one of change on the Lilywhite half of North London.
Before last season had even come to a close, the board at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium came to the decision to shake things up on the club’s bench, culminating in the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.
In turn, on the back of weeks of speculation, negotiations and a frankly laughable public saga, Daniel Levy and co. eventually opted to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo in Mourinho’s place.
Their hunt for a new boss, however, has proven far from the only challenge facing the Spurs hierarchy, with star man Harry Kane having of course also made clear his desire to move on this summer.
To this point, the capital giants have stood firm, though, insistent that the club’s attacking spearhead will be going nowhere ahead of next season.
Manchester City made an official proposal to Tottenham for Harry Kane. £100M guaranteed + availability to include players in the deal.#THFC have NO intention to accept. Harry wants to go, but Levy will try to keep him. ❌
Harry now focused on the Euros, then it’ll be decided.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 21, 2021
As such, it goes without saying that new boss Nuno will have his work cut out for him over the coming 12 months, ahead of what could prove a make or break season for Tottenham.
The ex-Wolves boss has already begun guiding his new charges through their paces in the capital, with a season opener vs Manchester City now just around the corner.
And, as outlined above, on Friday, a number of fascinating insights into Nuno’s spell in North London to date have been forthcoming online.
The info comes courtesy of reliable outlet The Athletic, amid a comparison between the Portuguese and fellow countryman Mourinho.
Two of the most noteworthy takeaways to have been picked up on by supporters of the Lilywhites, meanwhile, surround the impression thus far made by Nuno on Spurs’ stars.
It is noted that Spurs’ squad and board alike have been left altogether impressed by the ‘calming effect’ introduced by the club’s new manager, with the former also deriving enjoyment from improved fitness levels:
🚨| The #Spurs hierarchy have been impressed by the calming effect Nuno Espírito Santo has had on the club. Players are enjoying working with him and feel much fitter.
— The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) August 13, 2021
Interestingly, though, it is also pointed out that, away from the training pitch, ‘players have largely found him distant and uncommunicative’.
Check out The Athletic’s in-depth piece in full below:
Some claim Nuno is Jose Mourinho 2.0, but is that fair?
▫️ Won’t publicly criticise players
▫️ Not wedded to any one system
▫️ More trusting of sports science
▫️ Closer to Jorge Mendes@CDEccleshare & @MarkCarey93 compare the new #THFC boss to his predecessor
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) August 12, 2021
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