Nuno Espirito Santo reflects on a ‘hard’ start to life at Tottenham

The Portuguese reached 100 days in charge on Friday

Jonathan Veal
Saturday 16 October 2021 13:17
Nuno Espirito Santo admits his first few months at Tottenham have been a struggle (Nigel French/PA)
Nuno Espirito Santo admits his first few months at Tottenham have been a struggle (Nigel French/PA)

Nuno Espirito Santo admits it has been a tough first 100 days in charge of Tottenham.

The Portuguese reached the milestone on Friday and has had plenty of challenges since taking over from Jose Mourinho in the summer.

He has had to deal with Harry Kane’s transfer saga, players breaking Premier League rules to go on international duty, injuries and a run of defeats that saw him come under early pressure.

Nuno’s plans for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Newcastle were thenplunged into chaos after it was revealed that two players had tested positive for coronavirus.

He said: “When I joined I didn’t know what to expect. I live day-by-day. I can say it has been a hard 100 days, good moments, bad moments, this is part of the job.

“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’s next challenge will be going to Newcastle for the first game since the Magpies’ £305million takeover was completed – a deal which has changed the mood at the club.

Boss Steve Bruce is still in position, despite heavy speculation he would lose his job, and will take charge of his 1,000th game.

Former Wolves boss Nuno said: “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.

Nuno Espirito Santo (right) and Steve Bruce (centre) on the touchline at Newcastle v Wolves last season (Owen Humphreys/PA)

“I have huge respect. I know him. And to achieve 1,000 games is extraordinary. I have to congratulate him.”

Spurs could travel to the north-east with Steven Bergwijn, after the Dutch winger returned to training following time out with an ankle issue.

“He joined us Thursday. He is totally integrated with the group,” he said.

“Trained well yesterday, trained well today. No pain. So it’s about getting back to his highest levels of fitness, but he’s in the process of it.

“We don’t know [about Sunday] because like I said, first of all we have to be everybody together, then we will assess and prepare and decide.”