Just when you thought Tottenham might be nearing a conclusion in their search for a manager, Fenerbahce has swooped in on Nuno Espirito Santo.
Talks between Tottenham and the Portuguese manager were advancing until the Turkish giants began showing interest in Nuno. Tottenham have taken too longer to ponder the prospect of Nuno taking the helm in north London. That in conjunction with a recent trending #NoToNuno has obviously deterred the Portuguese manager.
A coach of his outstanding quality and pedigree never puts all his eggs in one basket. Nuno will invariably play the field in search of the best offer, which should worry Tottenham. Daniel Levy has bottled the club’s search of a new manager, yet again evinced by his hesitancy in making Nuno an offer he can’t refuse.
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Spurs supporters should also be careful about how many managers they shun. Tottenham supporters were unified, and rightly so, in their displeasure of Gennaro Gattuso. Their widespread condemnation of the prospective move was more than enough to ensure Gattuso will never take the reigns at Hotspur Way. That was an incredible display of solidarity Spurs supporters should be proud of.
But Nuno is another case entirely. He is an intelligent manager of real quality. And Spurs are in danger now of scraping the bottom of the barrel, as every elite manager that has been pursued has shown their distaste for the Tottenham job.
Many fans will welcome Fenerbahce’s interest in Nuno, while other large portions of Spurs’ land will take the news as yet another devastating blow. Whether you’re onboard with Nuno or not, everyone associated with Spurs must now realize the gravity of the current situation.
To go 70 days without a manager at the helm is nothing short of catastrophic. The manager-less Spurs now face entering pre-season training devoid of a leader. There is still a chance Nuno will become Spurs manager, but the likelihood decreases with every passing day. Especially when you consider other reputable sides like Fenerbahce entering the fray.
The Turkish side and all of their supporters are unified in support of landing Nuno, which might be enough to convince the Portuguese gaffer to commit long term to Fenerbahce’s cause. While it’s not completely back to the drawing board yet, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see Nuno soon sign on the dotted line, pledging his allegiance to the Turkish club.
Can you blame him if that outcome indeed comes to fruition?