Harry Redknapp has labelled the Tottenham managerial position as a ‘really great job’ but warned Nuno Espirito Santo about the importance of winning the North London Derby.
The former Wolves boss took over in North London this summer but is already experiencing some pressure after being on the receiving end of two consecutive 3-0 defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach did start well though, propelling the side to the top of the table at the first international break after three successive wins and clean sheets to kick off the campaign.
Although Nuno will be feeling the heat to ensure his side produce a bounce-back display, Redknapp believes the Portuguese has one of the best jobs in the world and has some of the best talent at his disposal.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: “The Tottenham job is a fantastic job – oh my god I am dreaming of it.
“A megabucks new stadium, a fantastic training ground and superstars in the squad, wow being manager of that club is a really great job.
“Nuno is a good man and a great manager offering exciting, free-flowing, attacking football, but when your side gets beat it’s natural for a few cracks to show.”
One of the best ways for Nuno to fully endear himself to the Spurs faithful would be to come up trumps against bitter rivals Arsenal.
Redknapp’s first game in the dugout for Spurs came during the North London Derby in October 2008, where both sides produced one of the most entertaining matches in history.
Spurs fought back at the Emirates Stadium to earn a 4-4 draw, with Aaron Lennon’s injury-time strike enough to send the travelling supporters into raptures.
Both sides have endured varying levels of form so early on into the season, but Redknapp feels Nuno has a golden opportunity to turn Spurs’ fortunes around with three points against an old foe.
He added: “I think there will be a great atmosphere in the Spurs camp this week and Nuno has a good chance to get that feel-good factor back.
“He recently mentioned that his side have lost that ‘good feeling’ from their strong start under him.
“But after they threw off their shackles to scrape past Wolves on penalties in the League Cup I think it will have been a major confidence boost to them – and so will a win today.”
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If there is a way for managers to earn the love from Spurs fans, it is probably to beat Arsenal. The club’s record at the Emirates is pretty dismal, with the last win there coming in 2010, and it needs sorting sooner rather than later. Sunday will provide Nuno with a big chance to turn a gloomy couple of weeks into something much more positive.
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