Spurs spokesperson dismisses report about Nuno’s contract clause

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Tottenham Hotspur have moved to dismiss a report by The Athletic who claim the club have inserted a clause in Nuno Espirito Santo’s contract that would allow the them to sack him at the end of the season without paying compensation if the season does not go to plan.

It took Tottenham 72 days after Jose Mourinho’s sacking to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo as their head coach – a record interval for a Premier League club.

Nuno’s reign at the club has not started the way he would have hoped for, with the North London derby loss on Sunday leading to suggestions that the Portuguese coach is fighting for his job.

However, the 47-year-old will be pleased by how the players have responded to the Arsenal defeat, with Lilywhites thrashing MS Mura on Thursday and overcoming Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Athletic have now suggested that Spurs are in a win-win situation with Nuno as Daniel Levy succeeded in reaching the agreement on his terms during the summer.

The Spurs chairman is said to have included a clause that would allow the club to sack the former Wolves boss at the end of the season without compensation should the club fail to finish in the top six of the league table.

The report has been dismissed by the club, with The Athletic now running an extra paragraph at the bottom of the article which read: “A Tottenham spokesperson said the information regarding the clause in Nuno’s contract is inaccurate.”

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This perhaps shows that Nuno was not anywhere close to Tottenham’s first choice and that Levy reached a compromise. Even if we finish in fifth or sixth place this season, I would not be surprised if Spurs replace Nuno next summer if a more suitable option becomes available.

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