New Tottenham manager latest: Spurs close in on Nuno Espirito Santo appointment as chaotic search ends

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Nuno Espirito Santo is poised to succeed Jose Mourinho as Tottenham boss (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Nuno Espirito Santo is poised to succeed Jose Mourinho as Tottenham boss (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Tottenham are closing in on the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach after deciding against pursuing other candidates.

Talks have continued with the Portuguese this week and he is expected to be in place before the start of pre-season training on Monday, finally bringing an end to the club's protracted and chaotic search for a successor to Jose Mourinho.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez and Italy's Roberto Mancini were also under consideration at Spurs but both have reached the quarter-finals of the European Championship and pursuing either would have led to further delays and potentially difficult talks with national associations.

Nuno is the latest recommendation of Tottenham's incoming managing director Fabio Paratici after Spurs ended talks with Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso earlier this month, while discussions with Antonio Conte broke down.

Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, has also considered the club's former manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is now at Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Ajax's Erik ten Hag, Hansi Flick, who is due to take the Germany job, and Julian Nagelsmann, who will succeed Flick at Bayern Munich.

Nuno, 47, who won the Uefa Cup and Champions League under Mourinho at Porto, has been considered by Everton and Crystal Palace after leaving Wolves.

He guided Wolves to the Premier League and established them as a top-flight club, although his counter-punching style of play is akin to Mourinho's and at odds with Levy's preference for a coach who will promote "free-flowing, attacking" football.

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