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Football | Spurs appoint Nuno as new manager

Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager on a two-year deal.

Nuno, who left Wolves this summer after guiding the club to the Premier League in 2018, replaces his compatriot Jose Mourinho in North London.

The 47-year-old led Wolves to two seventh-place finishes and the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League in 2019/20 before the club finished 13th last season.

The appointment of the Portuguese manager brings an end to Spurs' manic search for a permanent new manager, with the club negotiating with Mauricio Pochettino, Paulo Fonseca, Antonio Conte, Gennaro Gattuso and Julen Lopetegui already this summer.

Spurs' new director of football Fabio Paratici led the search for Mourinho's successor.

"When you have a squad with quality and talent, we want to make the fans proud and enjoy," Nuno told Spurs' club website.

"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."

“First of all, I’d like to welcome Nuno to the Club," Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said.

"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 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.”

From an Irish perspective, Nuno's appointment is likely to be welcomed by Republic of Ireland international Matt Doherty, who endured a difficult first season at Spurs.

Doherty played the best football of his career under the Portuguese manager at Molineux, and thrived in Nuno's formational setup.

Spurs finished seventh in the Premier League last season.

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