Paul Scholes has admitted that he was puzzled by Tottenham’s decision to appoint Nuno Espirito Santo as their head coach since the Portuguese coach is of a similar mould to Jose Mourinho.
Nuno could not have hoped for a better start to his time as Spurs boss as the North Londoners were sitting at the top of the table with three wins from three without conceding a goal going into the weekend.
However, the Lilywhites were brought crashing down to earth at Selhurst Park on Saturday as an injury-hit Tottenham side fell to a humiliating 3-0 loss.
Not only did the defence prove suspect against Palace but the away side failed to create a single clear-cut chance through the ninety minutes.
Scholes admitted that he did not enjoy watching Wolves when Nuno was in charge at Molineux and added that the 47-year-old is not a good fit for Spurs.
The Manchester United legend told Premier League Productions (11/09/21 at 12:20 pm): “Going back to the manager, I felt it was a strange appointment.
“From watching Wolves during the past couple of years. If you think about Spurs, you think about entertainment all the time, don’t you?
“Pleasing the crowd. But he isn’t that type of manager, one bit. As you said, he’s very much like Jose.
“Very rigid. Trying to win games by getting one chance. Concede possession a lot.
“Watching Wolves the last couple of years has been very boring – we have to see how he does.”
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Nuno’s teams do share similar characteristics to Jose’s as the 47-year-old, like his predecessor, prioritises being organised at the back. However, there are also some notable differences in their approaches.
We are certainly defending more aggressively than we did last season and are not sitting as deep as we did under Jose. While the performance on Saturday was shocking, there were major mitigating factors that contributed to the loss.
Even if Nuno does not turn out to be the right fit for Spurs, it is too early to turn on him just yet. We need to reserve judgement for at least half a season and give the 47-year-old a chance to implement his ideas.
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