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nuno a goner Tottenham sack Nuno Espirito Santo with Antonio Conte flying into London for talks

'Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future'

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Tottenham Hotspur have sacked Nuno Espirito Santo

Tottenham Hotspur have sacked Nuno Espirito Santo

Tottenham Hotspur have sacked Nuno Espirito Santo

Tottenham have sacked manager Nuno Espirito Santo after just four months at the helm of the club, with the expected announcement coming early on Monday morning, with reports in Italy claiming former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is in advanced talks to take over.

Speculation over Santo's position mounted after Saturday's crushing 3-0 home defeat against Manchester United, with this club statement confirming the news:

"The Club can today announce that Nuno Espírito Santo and his coaching staff Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias have been relieved of their duties," it read.

Fabio Paratici, Managing Director, Football, said: "I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision.

“Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.”

The club added that "a further coaching update will follow in due course", yet fans may now ask how Paratici and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy can escape criticism for this mess after they made the move to appoint Santo four months ago after a shambolic managerial hunt.

Spurs tried and failed to recruit a host of high-profile coaching talent, including former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, but the club could not agree terms with any of their candidates.

That forced Tottenham to appoint Santo, who was not high on the list of initial coaching targets when Spurs looked to find a permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho.

Santo's 17 games in all competitions since have featured seven defeats, and the losses to West Ham and Manchester United in their last two Premier League matches have seen them go two hours and 16 minutes without having a shot on target.

It was too much for many Spurs fans, with thousands leaving the stadium long before the end of the game and forcing chairman Levy and Paratici to meet on Sunday to discuss the position.

What happens next? It is a question that has been asked time and again during Levy's 20-year reign as Spurs chairman, with questions certain to be asked over his role in the latest managerial failure for the club.

Conte is now the favourite to take over at Tottenham once again, with Sky in Italy reporting the Italian will be in London today to hold talks with the north London club.

Yet given the chaotic nature of their managerial search last summer, the club's fans have every right to be concerned about what might happen next.

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