Nuno Espirito Santo admits his first 100 days in charge of Tottenham have been like a roller-coaster and he lives ‘day-by-day’.
The 47-year-old replaced Jose Mourinho as Spurs’ permanent manager on June 30. He had left Wolves the previous month, with his four years at Molineux establishing the West Midlanders as a Premier League club. Other names were mentioned to take the job but they eventually settled for the Portuguese.
And things began well as the north Londoners beat champions Manchester City in their season opener. They won their first three league games 1-0 but then lost the next three before beating Aston Villa 2-1 ahead of the international break.
The jury is still out on Nuno, with a few pundits suggesting he is already on borrowed time. It remains to be seen if that is the case but it has certainly not been easy for the former Porto boss.
The Harry Kane saga dragged on for far too long and seemed to have a negative effect on the player and team. And Nuno confessed that there has rarely been a dull moment since he arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“When I joined I didn’t know what to expect. I live day-by-day and I can say it has been a hard 100 days, good moments, bad moments, this is part of the job,” he said, per The Independent.
“I had very happy days, I had some not so happy days but this is life, this is football, this is what everybody has to be ready for.”
Nuno respect for Bruce feat
Tottenham’s next challenge will be to take on the ‘richest club in world football’ as they face Newcastle on Sunday. The Magpies are now in the hands of a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium.
Their new-found wealth means that many players have been linked with a move to St James’ Park. A number will leave but manager Steve Bruce himself may be the first casualty of the new regime.
The new owners have allowed him to take charge of Sunday’s game – his 1,000th game as a league manager. And Nuno was full of praise for the longevity his Newcastle counterpart has achieved.
“I’ve known Bruce a long time. We played against each other, we were both in the Championship, so we go a long way back,” he added. “I have huge respect. I know him. And to achieve 1,000 games is extraordinary. I have to congratulate him.”