When the Premier League returned following its pandemic hiatus it became part of the new way for post-match TV interviews to take place pitchside.
That has continued up to now with managers and players doing the rounds in front of perspex sponsor screens after games. From the start it has been viewed as an imperfect logistical solution, not least because of late an added consequence has been the sight of supporters regularly hanging around to get another glimpse of the stars.
More often than not it is to politely ask for a shirt or selfie, the latter almost always turned down for the same reasons these media duties are taking place outside.
But last night there was inevitably a greater audience than usual waiting to see Nuno Espirito Santo and that meant it was more than 45 minutes after full time before the beleaguered Portuguese head coach appeared as stewards needed to usher the lingering spectators away.
He went through his obligations once the congregation had exited, answering everything without saying anything of substance, and by the time he replied to the final question it was hard not to feel a tinge of sympathy.
There are clear faults in his management of Spurs, not least the absence of an effective attacking gameplan and a defence culpable of committing the most basic errors. But it is an inescapable fact that he has been appointed to a position that was never really meant for him.
Half a dozen names had been above the former Wolves head coach on Daniel Levy’s wanted list to replace Jose Mourinho and it was notable then that, eventually, the fume on a toxic evening in north London turned on the chairman.
The Spurs fans who want Levy to depart must, however, face up to the reality that there is slim chance of him stepping down after two decades and, as usual, the head coach will be the fall guy when things go wrong. Last night it felt like that moment is again nearing.