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Tottenham must sack Nuno now – forget about whether he was the fifth, six or seventh choice, he’s the WRONG choice

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By Martin Lipton

I HAVE never been a knee jerk pundit.

Especially when it comes to my own club.

Some Tottenham fans called on Nuno Espirito Santo to go during the Manchester United defeat

Some Tottenham fans called on Nuno Espirito Santo to go during the Manchester United defeat Credit: AFP

 

Harry Kane's struggles continued as Tottenham failed to register a shot on target

Harry Kane’s struggles continued as Tottenham failed to register a shot on target Credit: Getty

 

I argued that AVB deserved more time to deal with life after Gareth Bale, even when the fans had turned.

I certainly felt that it was the players who needed to change, rather than the manager, when Mauricio Pochettino’s reign fizzled out.

And I believed it was premature to get rid of Jose Mourinho last season, although that made me a member of the Spurs minority.

Not in a few weeks, after he has been given a bit more time. But now. Tomorrow if not today.

It is not entirely Nuno Espirito Santo’s fault, by any means.

Whether he is, as some suggest, a nice man, or, as others argue, someone who cuts his players dead and has no relationship with any of them, is, actually, immaterial.

There are plenty of great managers whose players doubted if they had a father or a mother.

Likewise, it is not Espirito Santo’s choice that his best player did not want to be at the club all summer – and is playing with the weight of that failed move on his shoulders now.

What matters is whether he can get a tune out of the players at his command. Including Harry Kane.

It is easy to be wise after the event, of course.

But plenty of Spurs fans were wise BEFORE this event.

Look at Nuno’s Wolves. Their best results and performances tended to be in games where they didn’t need to have the ball, where they could sit and hit on the counter.

Forget about the argument over whether he was the fifth, six or seventh choice. He was the WRONG choice

At Tottenham there is an expectation.

Not of success – one League Cup in 22 years puts things in perspective – but of approach.

Front foot football. Attacking in numbers. High intensity. Fun.

Forget about the argument over whether he was the fifth, six or seventh choice. He was the WRONG choice.

He was never going to be the right fit for Tottenham and with every passing week of turgid turmoil, Daniel Levy’s promise about style and “Spurs DNA” looks more like a sick joke at the expense of the fans.

No shots on target for 90 minutes against a Manchester United side that shipped five in 50 minutes last week tells you everything you need to know.

Just 103 shots so far – only Norwich have managed fewer.

A mere 40 on target – 9th in the Prem. No wonder they have only scored nine in 10 games. Appalling.

Levy and new sporting director Fabio Paratici got it wrong in the summer.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to be gained by letting this morass of indecision, inconsistency and inertia continue for one day longer.

It should have been done after the Arsenal debacle. It must be done now.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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