Tottenham Hotspur director of football Fabio Paratici says he ‘regrets’ that it has got to a stage where Nuno Espirito Santo had to be sacked as manager.
It comes in the wake of Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, during which the home crowd made their frustrations with Santo and the club’s hierarchy clear with loud booing throughout.
Santo was appointed in the summer following a lengthy search for Jose Mourinho’s successor, following his sacking in April.
The former Wolves boss was said to be low down a list of potential candidates but as moves for the likes of Antonio Conte, Paolo Fonseca and Genaro Gattuso all broke down, he slowly rose.
After winning his first three Premier League games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Santo had his new side sitting top of the Premier League table.
But just two wins in the following seven top-flight games left him firmly under the cosh with the decision to sack him finally arriving.
“I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision,” Paratici wrote in his statement on the club’s official website following the news.
“Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.”
Attention will now turn to who will be appointed in Santo’s place with fans no doubt hoping the process will be much more streamlined than the process in the summer.
Conte appears to be an early favourite for the role among the board while Porto boss Sergio Conceicao also has admirers among the board.