Tottenham appoint Nuno Espírito Santo as manager on two-year deal

Tottenham have appointed Nuno Espírito Santo as their new manager after a protracted search to find a permanent replacement for José Mourinho. Nuno, who left Wolves at the end of the season in May, has signed a two-year deal.

Mourinho was sacked in April, with Ryan Mason being put in temporary charge. After that Spurs have held talks with a number of candidates including Antonio Conte and Gennaro Gattuso, without being able to find an agreement. Tottenham finally turned to another Portuguese.

In a statement released by Spurs, Nuno said: “When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy.

“It’s an enormous pleasure and honour [to be here], there’s joy and I’m happy and looking forward to starting work. We don’t have any days to lose and we must start working immediately as pre-season starts in a few days.”

Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, added: “First of all, I’d like to welcome Nuno to the club. We should like to thank our supporters for all their patience throughout this process. I’ve spoken already about the need to revert back to our core DNA of playing attacking, entertaining football and Fabio [Paratici, the club’s managing director – football] and I believe Nuno is the man who can take our talented group of players, embrace our young players coming through and build something special.”

Commenting on the appointment, Paratici said: “The brief for this appointment has always been clear, we wanted a head coach that can instil all the values that are important to this football club.

“You only have to look at Nuno’s time at Wolves to see his ability to take a group of players and implement an adaptive style that brings success and allows players to develop and thrive. We are all looking forward to getting started in what we hope will be a successful time with the club.”

Wolves finished only 13th at the end of the latest season but, after successive top-seven finishes, a Championship title and runs to an FA Cup semi-final and the last eight of the Europa League, Wanderers had enjoyed plenty of success in their four years under their former manager.