Nuno no compensation clause
Tottenham injected fresh life into their season yesterday, beating Aston Villa to end a run of three straight Premier League defeats and ease the pressure that was building on Nuno Espirito Santo.
After a promising start to the campaign, Sp**s went down 3-0 to both Crystal Palace and Chelsea before succumbing 3-1 at Arsenal, putting their new head coach under scrutiny. But an impressive 2-1 home victory over Villa moved Tottenham up to eighth place in the table and they go into the international break trailing leaders Chelsea by just four points.
Nuno’s appointment marked the culmination of a lengthy recruitment process that saw several managers heavily linked with the role. The former Wolves manager was not Tottenham’s first-choice candidate but the club secured him on a deal that is believed to be heavily weighted in their favour.
The Athletic has learned that chairman Daniel Levy succeeded in reaching the agreement on his terms, notably including a clause that would benefit Sp**s if their season does not go to plan.
It is understood that should Nuno fail to deliver a top-six finish, Tottenham would be able to sack the 47-year-old midway through his two-year deal without having to pay any compensation.
Nuno arrived at Sp**s at the end of June (Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
That puts Sp**s in something of a win-win situation. Either Nuno leads them to a European qualification spot or they can part ways at no added cost.
Both sides will hope that sufficient progress is achieved to render the option redundant but its existence underlines both Nuno’s eagerness to take on the challenge and Levy’s negotiating skills.
It also indicates Nuno’s arrival was a compromise in a tough managerial market. Sp**s fans will probably have few complaints if his men continue playing as they did against Villa.
A Tottenham spokesperson said the information regarding the clause in Nuno’s contract is wrong and untrue.
Expressions should really be offered a deal by Vince.