Kevin Phillips has claimed it is ‘ridiculous’ to suggest that Nuno Espirito Santo is in danger of losing his job despite admitting that Tottenham are in crisis at the moment.
Tottenham’s 3-1 loss in the North London derby on Sunday has seen pressure mount on Nuno, with Spurs having conceded three goals in each of their last three Premier League games.
The three defeats have come on the back of a promising start to the campaign, which led to Nuno winning the Manager of the Month award for August.
However, just a few weeks later, the Portuguese coach is thought to be fighting to hold on to his job.
Phillips insisted the former Wolves boss was never going to deliver the kind of football that Spurs fans demanded.
However, he added that the 47-year-old needs time to turn things around and claimed it would be ‘bizarre’ for the Lilywhites to already be contemplating sacking him.
The former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “It is ridiculous that people are questioning him so soon after winning manager of the month but it’s the nature of the beast.
“The way he started the season with Spurs masked over the problems he had at Wolves. The latter part of his time at Wolves was not good. I know some big Wolves supporters and they were very frustrated last year.
“He was very defensive and played on the counter-attack and the Tottenham supporters do not want to play that way. They want to press and play on the front foot. That’s how they played under Mauricio Pochettino. It’s not been like that under Nuno.
“This is a crisis there at the moment. At times in the last few games, they have been all over the place. You would say it is bizarre to question him so early on but that’s football.”
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I agree with Philips that it is too early to be contemplating sacking Nuno. He deserves at least six months to show what he could do unless the results continue to be disastrous.
However, the fact that the 47-year-old is only on a two-year contract and a relatively modest salary means that it will not be as difficult a decision for Spurs to sack him as it was with Pochettino or Mourinho.
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