- Nuno Espirito Santo eases pressure after Tottenham beat Aston Villa
- Internationally, Spurs are four points behind chief Chelsea
- But The Athletic claim they could sack their boss if the season doesn’t go as planned
- The Portuguese signed a two-year deal after being named the new boss of Spurs
Tottenham could reportedly sack boss Nuno Espirito Santo in the summer without compensation if it doesn’t place him in the top six in the Premier League.
The Portuguese looked to ease the pressure on them with Spurs’ 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Sunday, which came after three straight top-flight defeats, including a damaging north London derby reverse at Arsenal eight days earlier.
So Spurs moved up to eighth place internationally, just four points behind leaders Chelsea, but athletic claim Even if the season doesn’t go as planned, the club has a clause in their manager’s contract that benefits them.
Tottenham could reportedly sack Nuno Espirito Santo if they fail to qualify for Europe this season
Athletic Claims president Daniel Levy (front) negotiates clauses in Nuno’s contract
The outlet reports that if Nuno fails to help secure European football next season, Spurs could run halfway through their two-year contract with the former Wolves owner without paying him .
Although it is unclear whether another year in the Europa Conference League will be enough to save Nuno’s job, given that it is not required to finish in the top six of the Premier League, Spurs will still be able to compete in the European competition next term. will be seen participating in
Chairman Daniel Levy is believed to have negotiated the deal over the summer, but a Tottenham spokesman, however, denied the existence of a clause in Nuno’s contract.
Nuno, 47, was not the club’s first choice to be named as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor after Ryan Mason’s interim stint at the end of last season.
Spurs eased some of the pressure on the Portuguese by beating Aston Villa on Sunday
However, the Portuguese ticked off Spurs by winning against Manchester City, Wolves and Watford to top the league before the first international break of the season.
But things quickly turned bad as he lost three consecutive London derbys against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, scoring a total of nine goals.
But victories against Slovenian outfit Mura in the Conference League and against Dean Smith’s Villa over the weekend have eased some of the pressure on the under-fire boss and his players.
Asked if he was happy that his team had restored their lead four minutes after Villa came back, Nuno said: ‘Definitely. yes it is [reacting to conceding] We have made some improvements from the previous games. The response was really, really good.
But it came after three straight top-flight defeats, including a North London Derby defeat.
‘Definitely a better response. much better. Earlier we were a little flat and were responding quickly today.
‘After that moment we continued to create opportunities and I honestly believe that there were more goals for us today, but the production and the way we produced, the way we created was much better.’
But Nuno will be hoping he can build on that win to ensure the clause doesn’t need to be activated this summer, looking forward to taking on the challenge in the first place.