Why should we back Nuno Espirito Santo when Levy doesn’t?
By Don Scully
Everybody has been shouting on Social Media that we should back our new Head Coach, but it is a pity that Levy doesn’t do the same. When I saw that Levy only gave Nuno Espirito Santo a two-year contract, I burst out laughing. Pochettino, Mourinho, and a host of others were given a great deal more, but Levy only saw fit to provide him with two years. Why?
It is well known that Levy had his doubts about him right from the getgo and wanted to look elsewhere, but it was his new Director of Football Fabio Paratici who pushed him forward. Now you can understand why Levy only gave him a two-year contract; if it all goes wrong again he doesn’t want to get stung, but knowing Levy’s track record, he will.
The whole point of appointing Fabio Paratici was to give him responsibility. Still, it just goes to show you that whatever our new director of Football does, Levy will be behind the scenes pulling his strings. That is including in the Transfer window. Levy just can’t let go.
People say that Levy is a great businessman, yes, for himself, but where the team is concerned, he has let it depreciate. Players like Walker and now Kane (and not just them) want to leave because they know they won’t win anything with Spurs. And now we have appointed Nuno to take charge, a man who has only got the Championship and managed to get a high place in the Europa competition, to his name. I suppose that is more than Pochettino had, but a lot less than Mourinho. OK, that is a bit unfair as Uno has won things abroad (but as a player), but in this country, very little. But you understand my concerns.
Levy, in his wisdom, has appointed Nuno Espirito Santo as the club’s new head coach. The 47-year-old has signed a two-year contract, which ended our ten-week search for a replacement for Jose Mourinho.
But adding insult to injury, he wasn’t at the Top of Levy’s list, nor even near the bottom half; the club have been linked with a host of names, including Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Haag, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso, Uncle Tom Cobley and even Mr Bean.
We play our first friendly in 16 days time, against Leyton Orient on 17 July, and those players who have not been involved in international fixtures will report for pre-season training this Monday. Other players will have to wait to get to know him.
He had left his previous club, not sacked (he left by mutual consent). It has also yet to be confirmed who will be part of his backroom staff.
The whole manager process has been a joke with lots of twists and turns. The national papers have been having a field day. It has been like reading an Agatha Christie novel. We’ve had to wait until the end to see who was standing with the dagger in their hand, and as always, it was Lev again. The victims were obviously the fans.
Whether we agree with his appointment or had noticed that the hand with the dripping blood on it was Levy’s or not, we still should get behind the manager (what else are we going to do?). No doubt, the fans and the world will be watching him with their beady eyes and one single slip up, and the boo boys will be out in force. But not, directed at Nuno, I hope, but Levy, and rightly so. Unfortunately, Nuno is just the poor sap who walked into Levy’s spiderweb.
By Don Scully
I have been following Spurs since the sixties and work in London. My current job is as a professional writer (working in the media), and I have work connections to the club and had previously worked for them. Including working at the old White Hart Lane stadium.
I also have my own blog and have written for the SpursWeb app & its website.