Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo has now overseen three consecutive Premier League defeats, the latest of which came at the hands of their north London rivals Arsenal
Nuno Espirito Santo has been warned that he may never win around Tottenham ’s disgruntled supporters, with Chris Sutton claiming the Portuguese’s short tenure is already descending into a nightmare.
But since then, results have eluded Nuno, losing three league games on the spin, conceding nine in the process and scoring just one in return.
Their latest defeat was the most chastening, as they were thumped 3-1 by north London rivals Arsenal in a concerningly flat display.
Sutton believes that Nuno’s more pragmatic style of football will mean there will always be criticism from fans.
“It doesn’t feel like the right fit – he’s got to win over the Spurs fans and I’m not so sure he can,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club.
He wasn’t first choice or second choice. Last season his Wolves team were on the decline and the Spurs fans were never going to like his brand of football.”
Nuno was named as Tottenham manager after a protracted search which seen several names enter – and ultimately drop out of the race.
The pressure is intensifying on Nuno and his comments in the wake of defeat to the Gunners have done little to divert criticism.
He accepted that he was to blame for the comprehensive defeat and while Sutton admitted that while it wasn’t all the manager’s fault, his side’s woeful showing on Sunday suggest his messages aren’t getting across to players.
“He’s been put in an incredibly difficult situation, there’s no doubt about that,” the former Premier League striker continued.
“But Nuno’s comments blaming himself after the Arsenal game were worrying, and blaming the players as well.
“There were players not running back, unsure about what jobs they were being asked to do. They were a complete and utter shambles.
“I don’t think Spurs fans will ever get the type of football they want under Nuno. Chuck in the Kane stuff as well and it’s turning into a bit of a nightmare.
“The appointment simply didn’t fit and that’s on [chairman] Daniel Levy.”
Fellow pundit Micah Richards claimed that the players themselves deserve more criticism for their below-par performances.
“When a manager comes in who is not first choice, you can’t use that as an excuse,” Richards said. “Yes there might be more glamorous managers but the players have to respect the amazing job Nuno did with Wolves. They were doing well.
“No matter which manager comes in you’ve got to give them the same respect and fight for them. You’re getting judged as well.”