Nuno asked whether he is concerned he was not Spurs’ first choice coach

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Nuno Espirito Santo
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Nuno Espirito Santo was named as Tottenham’s new head coach after more than 70 days without a permanent figure in charge.

Jose Mourinho was sacked in late April just six days before a League Cup Final and Ryan Mason was placed in charge as interim head coach until the end of the season.

Spurs were then linked with a whole host of names, from Julian Nagelsmann to Antonio Conte, Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, Paulo Fonseca, Gennaro Gattuso, and, finally, Nuno.

While it appears that the former Wolves manager was not Tottenham’s first choice head coach this summer, it has been reported that Fabio Paratici has admired the Portuguese boss for some time.

When asked about not being the top candidate, Nuno brushed off the question and merely stated that he was happy to be in North London with the Lilywhites.

He said (Football London): “I cannot speak about what happened.

“What I can tell you is that I am so proud. The moment I had the phone call that I had a chance to have a meeting with Tottenham, everything changed. Everything in my perspective changed.

“I am where I wanted to be. Where I wished to be. So this is what I’m delighted of.

“The concerns around the club, it’s normal.

“All the expectations around big clubs are huge and you have to be prepared for that, but the way you prepare yourself is to ignore all the noise, focus on the things you have to control and what I can control is to prepare the players and this is what I’m doing on a daily basis.

“Every moment of the training session I’m looking to find the best way.”

Spurs Web Opinion: 

First choice really doesn’t matter. Most clubs don’t get their first choice signings each summer, but you come together and work with what you have. Nuno is in charge now and the club and fans will back him. I have high hopes for the improved fitness and style that he will bring.

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