Nuno sacked by Tottenham as fans get their way after Man Utd defeat

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Nuno Espirito Santo has been sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur after just 17 games in charge.

Saturday's dismal 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United was the final straw for the former Wolves boss.

In a statement, the club said: "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."

Fabio Paratici, managing director of football, added: "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 said a "further coaching update" would soon follow.

Boos rang around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Nuno took Lucas Moura off for Steven Bergwijn in the 54th minute.

Those jeers only increased as Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford added to United's lead. By the end of the match there were thousands of empty seats inside the 62,850 seater arena.

Spurs are now on the lookout for their third permanent manager in the last six months following the 47-year-old's dismissal.

Nuno was appointed in the summer at the end of a long search for a new manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho in April.

It was a difficult process for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who failed in his attempts to get several first-choice targets.

At various points Tottenham were linked with Hansi Flick, Julian Nagelsmann, Antonio Conte, Gennaro Gattuso, Brendan Rodgers, Paulo Fonseca and former boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs were in talks with both Fonseca and Gattuso before ultimately pulling out of deals for both.

That left the Premier League giants with former Wolves boss Nuno, who was readily available having left the Molineux club in May.

Who will Tottenham appoint next? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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The Portuguese was given a two-year contract, but supporters wanting a coach with a more positive outlook after the defensive football of Mourinho were left concerned by Nuno's perceived 'negative' style from his times at Wolves.

Levy sought to dissuade the doubters with a statement about the club's DNA.

It read: "I've spoken already about the need to revert back to our core DNA of playing attacking, entertaining football, and [managing director of football] Fabio [Paratici] and I believe Nuno is the man who can take our talented group of players, embrace our young players coming through and build something special."

Despite a promising start to the season, which saw Tottenham win their opening three games of the season and top the table going into the international break, things went downhill fast.

Spurs have lost six of their last 12 matches in all competitions, a run that includes a 3-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, a 3-1 reverse against Arsenal and Saturday's humiliation against United, the final straw for the club's hierarchy.

Attention now turns to Nuno's successor, with Graham Potter, Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Eddie Howe all in the frame to replace the Portuguese.

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