Opinion: Analysing whether Nuno is the right man for the Spurs job

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With the recent departure of Mourinho and Nagelsmann moving to Bayern, Levy and co will be scrambling to find a replacement come the end of the season.

We have seen multiple names being mentioned within the list of potential candidates, including but not limited to Rodgers, Nuno and Sarri.

I will be looking at the potential replacement of the Portuguese Mourinho with another one in the form of Nuno Espírito Santo.

Straight away, I will admit that Nuno is not someone I would like to see at Tottenham. I admire greatly what he has done at Wolves, however, I think the Tottenham job is a completely different kettle of fish.

Nuno has taken Wolves from a struggling Championship side to a team that has now competed in the Europa League and have finished 7th in their last two seasons  (TransferMarkt).

This is an amazing accomplishment that should be recognised as nothing short of outstanding. With Tottenham though, we are looking to push on from being a team that finishes fifth or sixth to a team that is, at the bare minimum, making top four every year.

Furthermore, one thing that Nuno has enjoyed at Wolves and that he would greatly lack at Tottenham is serious backing by the board. Nuno has been blessed with some wonderful players during his time at Wolves, such as Neves, Moutinho, Jiménez and more.

The Portuguese core he has built over the last few seasons has undoubtedly created a solid atmosphere around the club.

With Tottenham however, we find a club that has been known to become divided when times get tough. In this sense, Nuno could face uncharted waters.

I will be completely honest, I do not watch Wolves week in week out, however, from what I have seen and what I have read online, the football being played at Molineux this season has been far from scintillating.

A few comments collected by The Boot Room shows some Wolves fans themselves being perplexed at the notion of Nuno as the successor to the recently relieved Mourinho.

The Wolves manager has tried to move away from his back five system this season in order to give the side greater flexibility and potential for growth. However, they have struggled to adapt and subsequently reverted to the trusty back five on multiple occasions.

Unfortunately, I worry that Nuno is just one of those managers who is well suited to a particular team, a particular group of players and one particular system.

One thing that Tottenham fans will be looking for will be someone who comes in and gets the side playing some free-flowing and exciting football.

One of the biggest criticisms that Mourinho faced during his tenure was the quality of football that the side were producing.

The low block and counter tactic was effective to an extent at the start of the season, however, when the results started to turn the fans quickly followed suit.

Whoever is to take charge in North London next season, the one thing I wish is that the fans and club can become more connected like I felt we all were during the Pochettino era.

This connection starts with the manager, with the style and philosophy that we can all get behind and support.

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