Skipp opens up on learning under Nuno and whether the squad is behind the coach

Oliver Skipp
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Oliver Skipp has claimed that Nuno Espirito Santo is helping him to become a more complete player and insisted the Spurs boss has the support of the entire squad.

Recent results have seen the pressure dialled up on Nuno early into his reign at Spurs.

The Portuguese coach has been questioned about the team’s negative style of play while there have been some suggestions that the Tottenham players have not been impressed with his work at the training ground.

However, Skipp dismissed those claims, insisting that Nuno does a lot of useful work on the training ground that has helped him to get a better understanding of his role.

The Spurs academy graduate told Football.London: “First and foremost the trust he has given me to play a lot of minutes so far but also I feel he is very concise with his instructions on the training field.

“I feel a lot of his work is done on the training field whereas perhaps other managers may be more video related, but I think there is things definitely added to my game, for example trying to stay a bit more central, for turnovers when we lose the ball I am the shield for the defence.

“Just little things like that, my positioning, he is a manager that I can definitely learn off and improve my game.”

Reports have indicated that Nuno is already fighting to keep his job at Tottenham, less than 100 days after being appointed.

However, Skipp reiterated the players are fully behind the 47-year-old, adding that it will take time for the team to implement Nuno’s ideas on the pitch.

When asked if the Tottenham boss still has the players’ support, the midfielder responded: “Definitely. As a group, we are fully aware that in the last few games we haven’t been at our best.

“But we are definitely still behind the manager and trying to implement the stuff we are working on.

“It was always going to take time coming into this environment but everyone is definitely behind the manager.”

Spurs Web Opinion

While I am not convinced that Nuno will prove the right fit for us, I find calls for him to be sacked to be quite baffling. The Portuguese coach deserves at least six months to show what he can do.

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