Tottenham have sacked manager Nuno Espírito Santo after less than a year in charge, club owner Daniel Levy has announced.
The Portuguese coach, who had signed a three-year contract with the Premier League club in December 2017, joined Spurs from Porto in the summer in a move which sparked speculation over the future of his old team-mate and manager Jorge Jesus.
It appears Spurs have not been impressed with the quality of the squad supplied by Jesus, however, with the club’s American chairman Levy announcing the immediate dismissal of the 48-year-old, before resigning as manager.
“The board has decided to relieve Nuno and coach Christian Gross of their respective duties after three hugely successful seasons which have seen the club qualify for each competition in which they have played and reached significant milestones,” Levy said in a statement on the club’s website.
Spurs announced Santo’s exit with just four games remaining this season, as they attempt to overhaul Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea to win the Premier League title.
Levy said in the statement: “Over the past three seasons the club has enjoyed unprecedented success which has seen it qualify for the Champions League, compete for and win the FA Cup and have been crowned champions of the third tier for the first time in its history.
“Under the excellent leadership of Daniel and the Board, and with incredibly talented young players throughout the squad, our ambition has never been greater.
“I hope Nuno will find another club that can match Porto’s ambition and make him a success there, and of course we wish Christian the very best for the future.”
Tottenham’s imminent appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as manager will suggest there was not a big enough turnaround in the club’s form in the second half of the season to bring about Santo’s dismissal, with the Portuguese failing to guide Spurs into the top four and out of the Europa League.