Jose Mourinho: What now after Tottenham sacking?
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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has responded to rumours linking him with the vacant Tottenham job. Spurs sacked Jose Mourinho last Monday after an underwhelming season and with many fans having turned against the Portuguese.
It could be one of Mourinho’s fellow countrymen who replaces him in the hotseat at the London club, with Nuno one of the favourites after an impressive spell with Wolves.
Since taking over from Paul Lambert at Molineux in May 2017, the former goalkeeper has enjoyed huge success.
In his first season in the post, Nuno led Wolves to the Championship title, setting a club record for the most points won in the second tier.
After returning the Midlands club to the top-flight, he then led them to back-to-back seventh place finishes, their highest position in the English pyramid since 1980.
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That first finish in seventh also gave them their first place in a European competition since the early Eighties, with Wolves reaching the quarter-finals of last season’s Europa League.
Though they have suffered a downturn in fortunes this campaign, Wolves are still set to finish in midtable, solidifying themselves as a Premier League club.
The 47-year-old’s success at in the Midlands has now attracted the eye of Spurs chief Daniel Levy, who is searching for a replacement for Mourinho.
But after leading them to successive top-half finishes, Wolves handed Nuno a three-year contract extension last September.
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And the Portuguese boss has highlighted that contract as a major obstacle towards Levy being able to appoint him.
“I have a contract. When I sign a contract, there’s nothing that I can say more,” Nuno said.
“It’s my decision to sign a contract. So, that’s what I want to say. When I make a decision like that, it’s because there’s no doubts in my mind.”
Though nearly a season has passed since he signed that extension, Nuno also insisted that his happiness at Wolves has not changed.
“No doubts at all,” he said when asked whether he still feels the same as when he signed his current contract.
“I’m going to be here in the morning to prepare our game against Burnley.”
While he has made it clear he is still happy at the club, the Daily Mail report that Wolves are preparing a shortlist for a replacement if he does leave.
Nuno will see his side host relegation-threatened Burnley at Sunday lunchtime and will be looking for a third successive win in the top-flight.
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