Nuno sacked by Tottenham after fifth Premier League defeat of the season
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Antonio Conte will become the fourth former Chelsea boss to take charge at Tottenham and has a worrying trend to break. The Italian is set to replace Nuno Espirito Santo at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after agreeing a lucrative contract.
Nuno was sacked having overseen five Premier League defeats in his 10 matches. The Portuguese was only appointed in June but found himself dismissed after just four months.
His fate was sealed by Saturday’s 3-0 defeat against Manchester United.
Spurs failed to have a shot on target during the game despite having Harry Kane and Son Heung-min on the pitch.
Nuno’s failure to get star striker Kane firing is likely to have contributed to the decision to sack him. Kane has scored just one Premier League goal this season.
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The man charged with improving the club’s fortunes looks set to be Conte. The 52-year-old is expected to be appointed after finalising a lucrative £15million contract.
But he will need to buck a worrying trend of a select group of former Spurs managers.
He will become the fourth man to manage Spurs as an ex-Chelsea head coach.
Conte enjoyed vast success at Stamford Bridge during his two years. Appointed in the summer of 2016, he won the Premier League title in his first season and lifted the FA Cup the following year.
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He was harshly dismissed that summer and headed to Inter Milan, where he last season helped the Italian side win Serie A for the first time in 11 years.
Conte follows Glenn Hoddle, Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho in managing Spurs after a spell at Chelsea.
And he will need to vastly improve his predecessors’ form if he is to have any success at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Hoddle returned to Spurs in 2001 after an incredibly successful spell as a player. The former England boss came 10th in his first season and lost the League Cup final against Blackburn Rovers.
He was dismissed following a poor start to the 2003-04 campaign. Spurs suffered defeat in 44 of his 101 matches in charge, winning just 39.
It was nearly a decade before Spurs appointed someone who had been at the helm at Stamford Bridge. Villas-Boas agreed to take charge in 2012 having won only half of his 40 games at Chelsea.
Aged just 34, the Portuguese was still trying to prove himself in management. His record at Spurs was impressive, particularly early on. He won 45 of his 80 games but a poor start to the 2013-14 campaign saw him dismissed.
The next former Blues boss to be appointed by Levy was Mourinho. The Portuguese arrived at the club with his reputation dented by an ill-fated second spell at Stamford Bridge and then at Manchester United.
He replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 but lasted just 17 months. Mourinho’s Spurs record stood at 45 wins, 17 draw and 24 defeats before his April departure.
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