‘No financial deterrent’ – Journalist on why sacking Nuno could be possible if needed

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The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare has claimed that sacking Nuno Espirito Santo would not be an issue financially for Tottenham due to the modest salary the Spurs boss is on.

Less than 100 days into his reign as Tottenham head coach, there have already been suggestions that Nuno is fighting for his job.

Some reports claimed following Spurs’ 3-1 loss in the North London derby that the Tottenham players have not been convinced by the Portuguese coach’s methods.

However, Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday temporarily released some pressure, taking the North Londoners up to eighth place in the table, just two points off top four.

It has also previously been suggested that Spurs have inserted a clause into the 47-year-old’s contract that would allow them to sack him at the end of the season without paying compensation if the club do not finish in the top six.

When asked about the possibility of Nuno being sacked, Eccleshare has now admitted that there is no financial deterrent to prevent the club from letting the former Wolves boss go if the results are not up to scratch.

The journalist said: “His (Nuno’s) two-year deal surely says all you need to know about the extent to which Spurs view him as the long-term solution.

“Nuno may exceed expectations and be given an extension, but the shortness of his contract suggests the Spurs hierarchy want to wait before going all in.

“As for whether Tottenham would be ruthless enough to sack Nuno if a more attractive option became available, that’s a possibility if results were average. Nuno is not on a huge salary so there’s no major financial deterrent.

“If it was Pochettino who was available then Daniel Levy would surely be tempted. After all, he was very keen to bring Spurs’ beloved former manager back to the club during the summer.

“Levy would also much prefer a lightning-quick hiring process, like with Jose Mourinho, rather than the seemingly interminable and embarrassing one that lasted more than two months to bring in Nuno.”

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It was evident over the summer that Nuno was not Tottenham’s first choice but the fact that Paratici allegedly pushed his case towards the end suggests that the Portuguese coach will at least be given until the end of the season, barring an extremely poor run of form.

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