A darkhorse name that has always been in the running for the vacant managerial position at Tottenham Hotspur suddenly became available, when it was announced that Nuno Espirito Santo will leave Wolverhampton at the end of the season. Many, including my mate here at HotspurHQ, are already all-in on Santo as the next Spurs boss. However, before everyone gets too giddy about the prospect of Santo’s big jacket at N17, here are three reasons Spurs should pass.
Like Tottenham, Santo has not won anything
We know it was way back in 2008, that Juande Ramos last led Tottenham Hotspur to a major trophy, with the League Cup. Just as the Spurs have spent the last decade-plus searching for that next trophy, so too has Nuno Espirito Santo.
Santo has been the headman at four clubs over 10 seasons in Portugal, Spain, and here in the Premier League. One that has not happened during that time is winning a trophy. Granted, teams like Wolverhampton – who he helped get promoted – Valencia, and Rio Ave FC are not necessarily set up to win trophies, FC Porto is.
Porto was not necessarily a powerhouse back in 2015 when he took over. However, over two seasons, Porto never even made a cup final. The team did make it to the last 16 of the Champions League in 2017 but still did not win the league or advance any further in Europe. If Tottenham is looking for someone to take the next step with them, maybe Santo is the guy. However, if Spurs want a coach that has experienced success and winning trophies, Nuno Espirito Santo is not it.