‘Wenger once told me’ – Ex-PL boss makes claim about Spurs manager target

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Alex McLeish has insisted that irrespective of who Tottenham appoint as their next head coach, the crucial variable will be the quality of their playing squad.

Tottenham have held talks with a whole host of candidates over the last few months but the club look no closer to confirming an appointment, with only weeks left until the start of pre-season.

Over recent days, reports have indicated that Spurs could now reignite their interest in some of their previous targets, including Nuno Espirito Santo.

The Portuguese coach brought Wolves up from the Championship and guided them to back-to-back seventh-place finishes but he parted ways with the club after a disappointing 13th place finish last term.

While Nuno showed himself to be an astute tactician during his time at Molineux Stadium and got Wolves punching above their weight, the 47-year-old’s appointment would certainly be at odds with the ‘free-flowing, attacking and entertaining’ brand of football promised by Daniel Levy in his address to fans last month.

McLeish believes that Nuno could do a great job at Spurs if he was backed in the transfer market but insisted that money to spend was a necessity.

The former Birmingham City boss told Football Insider: “He (Nuno) did a great job at Wolves.

“To be fair, they bankrolled him really well. He was able to bring in a lot of Portuguese, Spanish players and showed tremendous technique.

“Also, the breakthrough of (Adama) Traore eventually, after a long spell, was also great for Nuno.

“So again, great choice of coach but he did get a lot of help from the directors, Jorge Mendes in terms of the quality of player he was able to bring in.

“That always helps a coach. As Arsene Wenger once told me, I said to Arsene: ‘What makes you a great manager?’ He looked around furtively and said: ‘Great players’.”

Spurs Web Opinion

The quality of the squad is obviously a huge variable but as we saw during Pochettino’s time at Spurs, some managers are able to create systems and structures that bring the best out of players, better than others.

I believe that the game at the top level is evolving so rapidly that clubs need to be on the lookout for the next generation of coaches. That is why I would prefer someone like Potter over safer and conservative options.

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