Tottenham Hotspur fans believe Nuno Espirito Santo could be on the brink of being sacked following a social media post from Ryan Mason.
Nuno is under mounting pressure at Spurs following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat by Arsenal in the north London derby.
Tottenham were dreadful in the first half at the Emirates Stadium as goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka sent them in 3-0 down.
Although they did improve after the break, Spurs never really threatened to get back into the game and Son Heung-min’s goal was quickly forgotten in the aftermath of a disastrous derby loss.
The defeat was Tottenham’s third on the spin in the Premier League following heavy defeats by Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
Alarm bells were ringing throughout the first 45 minutes of the Arsenal game, which saw Spurs disjointed, disorganised and completely outplayed.
Nuno picked up three successive 1-0 wins in his first three games in charge of Spurs in the league – and even won the Premier League manager of the month award – but things have turned dramatically since.
Some supporters left the Emirates away end before half-time and many have called for Nuno to be sacked.
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Bookmakers believe that is a possibility, with the Portuguese boss currently the second favourite to be the next top-flight manager sacked, after Newcastle’s Steve Bruce.
Tottenham’s former caretaker manager Mason saw his nametrending on Twitter on Sunday– and the 30-year-old sparked more excitement on Monday night.
The former Spurs midfielder posted an innocuous photograph of the Tottenham training ground on his Instagram story at 10.12pm with the caption “See you in the morning.”
That was enough for some fans to believe Mason is returning as manager for the second time, having previously filled the gap between Jose Mourinho’s departure in April and the end of the 2020/21 season.
“RYAN MASON IS BACKKK,” wrote one supporter on Twitter.
“Surely Ryan Mason wouldn’t post that story if he’s taking over tomorrow morning,” wrote one fan alongside an eyes emoji.
“Ryan Mason is our new David Pleat?” wrote another, referring to the man who managed Spurs on four separate occasions.
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“Jumped or pushed? Thought Nuno looked broken already on Sunday,” speculated another.
Mason is still involved with Tottenham, having been appointed head of player development with the club’s academy in July.
The former midfielder could therefore be well placed to return as interim boss should Nuno be sacked, but chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to pull the plug on his new manager just yet.
Nuno will have the opportunity to improve his fortunes when Tottenham face Slovenian side Mura in the Europa Conference League on Thursday before Sunday’s home game against Aston Villa in the Premier League.
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