Tottenham will not pursue Nuno Espirito Santo although the Portuguese coach will leave Wolves at the end of the season. It was confirmed on Monday that the manager’s four-year Molineux stint will end after this weekend once Wolves conclude their Premier League campaign against Manchester United.
And the 47-year-old former Porto boss, who only signed a contract extension with Wolves to stay until 2023 back in September, has immediately been linked to Spurs.
The north London outfit are yet to name their permanent successor to Jose Mourinho who was sacked in April before the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City.
Ryan Mason has been the temporary stand-in for Nuno’s countryman since then but the 29-year-old is not expected to get the job permanently.
Brighton’s Graham Potter and Erik ten Hag at Ajax, who recently signed a new deal of his own, are among the exciting attack-minded coaches on Spurs’ radar.
Julian Nagelsmann had been a high-profile target but the young German has confirmed he is leaving RB Leipzig to take over at Bayern Munich once this season ends.
Yet while Nuno has now become available and would be a hassle-free appointment, he is not in Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s sights, per reports.
Football.london say the Wolves manager has never been looked at by the Londoners and that even though they are still yet to name Mourinho’s replacement, Nuno is still not in contention.
Nuno has been in charge of Wolves since 2017 and enjoyed huge success in the Midlands, taking them to the Championship title in 2017-18.
Named the LMA Manager of the Year that same season, Nuno went on to take Wolves to back-to-back seventh-placed finishes in England’s top flight.
The club are 12th going into Sunday’s 4pm clash with United but cannot finish any higher with rivals Aston Villa seven points ahead of them in 11th.
Under Nuno, Wolves also got to the quarter-final stage of the Europa League last season before losing to eventual winners Sevilla.
In a statement, Nuno said of his imminent Molineux exit: “Since the first day we arrived at Compton, our ambition was to make a positive change and push this football club forward, and I am proud to say that we did that every single day.
“We achieved our goals, we did it with passion and we did it together.”
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Former Benfica boss Bruno Lage is the favourite to replace Nuno at Wolves while Spurs’ search is ongoing, with Levy confirming recently that is his primary focus at present.
“We shall focus on the recruitment of a new head coach,” Levy said in a statement.
“We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great club and return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our academy alongside experienced talent.”
Brighton boss Potter meanwhile says he has paid no attention to the speculation linking him with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium job.
“I don’t pay too much attention to things that are outside of my control, things that get written, or speculation,” he said.
“I am focused on this job, trying to finish the season off as strongly as we can. I am excited by the team, I am excited by the club, so I just focus on that.
“It [the Tottenham job] is nothing I have considered. I have got a contract here. I am committed to this, we’ve got a lot to do, we’re just at the start of what we’re doing.”
Seventh-placed Spurs end their season against Leicester against Brendan Rodgers, another coach admired by Levy, at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.