Nuno Espirito Santo, a good choice by Levy
By Peter J Arnold
Some fans have criticised the Tottenham Board and, in particular, Levy for taking their time and going through numerous candidates. But I think that was the correct process. Too many times knee-jerk reaction has resulted in the wrong man for the job.
In Don Scully’s article, I noticed that he lets out a diatribe over Levy and Nuno Espirito Santo selection, and he hasn’t even started his job yet. What Scully fails to say is that he has a distinguished record as a player with Porto. He also learned from his friend Mourinho. Nuno took Wolves up to the Premier league on a minimum budget and then kept them in a decent position. Nuno then left as he could not take the club any higher on the budget he was given. That is the problem when you go to small clubs like Wolves; they have their limitations. But Spurs is a different kettle of fish. Even with financial restraints, he will still have a reasonable budget to build a great team.
I say, do not listen to the pessimists but look on with hope in your hearts. Levy knows what he is doing. Restrains on him has meant that the club has had to move forward with caution, which has resulted in a topsy-turvy league history. But with the building of our money machine stadium, we are going in the right direction. We need to get behind the team, Nuno Espirito Santo and Levy. I see a rosy future for us, but patience is what is required at the moment.
A bit of history of Nuno Espirito Santo:
Born in São Tomé, Portuguese São Tomé and Príncipe, Nuno started his football career with Vitória S.C. in Guimarães.
He played for Porto; José Mourinho’s FC Porto paid €3 million to bring Nuno back to the country in July 2002.
He also represented Portugal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, playing four matches for the fourth-placed team. Uncapped, he was called to the full squad competing in UEFA Euro 2008, replacing the injured Quim.
Even though he played for various other clubs, he ended his career with Porto.
After leaving Porto as a player, he began his coaching career.
On 21 June 2010, Porto announced Nuno’s contract would not be renewed. After his retirement, he rejoined former Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira, moving to Málaga C.F. as a goalkeeping coach; the pair signed for Panathinaikos F.C. in November 2010.
In May 2012, Rio Ave F.C. sacked manager Carlos Brito and announced the appointment of Espírito Santo.
He then signed a one-year contract with Valencia CF in La Liga on 4 July 2014, replacing the fired Juan Antonio Pizzi. Nuno resigned on 29 November 2015, following a 0–1 away defeat to Sevilla FC, after a poor start to both Valencia’s La Liga and Champions League campaigns.
On 1 June 2016, Espírito Santo signed a two-year contract with Porto, replacing former head coach José Peseiro. After a season of no silverware, which included a second place in the league, he was sacked.
On 31 May 2017, Espírito Santo was named the new head coach of EFL Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers, signing a three-year deal. On 10 July 2018, it was announced that his contract had been extended until 2021.
Do not listen to bad mouthers, but listen to Levy’s wisdom; it is only him and him alone that will be able to lead Tottenham and the fans to the promised land of Glory. Remember; Audere est Facere (“To Dare Is to Do”), and that is what we will do under Levy and Nuno Espirito Santo; we are Spurs! We are Magic!
By Peter J Arnold.
My name is Peter, and I have just joined this wonderful Spurs website, and I am looking forward to writing down my football thoughts and then presenting them to you. Agree or disagree; all views are valid and should be respected.
It was the famous philosopher Voltaire who said, “I might not agree with you, however, I will defend your right to say it”. Free speech. I am a journalist by trade for a local news outlet. I’ve been a Spurs supporter since the 90s.