Journalist Paul Brown was not surprised to see Tottenham Hotspur head coach Nuno Espirito Santo criticise his players after the crushing North London derby defeat to Arsenal.
Why was Nuno critical of his players?
Spurs suffered a 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, with Heung-Min Son’s goal proving to be no more than a consolation after first half goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka had put the hosts in full control of the derby.
The result allowed Arsenal to leapfrog their neighbours into the top half of the Premier League table.
Following the weekend loss, Nuno blasted his players and accused them of not following his pre-match instructions.
The setback means Spurs have now suffered three consecutive defeats, having won their first three Premier League fixtures of the campaign.
What has Paul Brown said about Nuno?
Brown admits he was not shocked to hear Nuno publicly criticise his players after the harrowing defeat to Spurs’ arch-rivals.
However, the journalist insists the Portuguese did also take some of the blame for the reverse himself.
Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “I’m not surprised that Nuno said his piece afterwards and called the players out a little bit. He probably had no choice.
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“I can remember hearing that interview when it came across in the press box and everyone was looking around at each other going, ‘wow, he’s really throwing his players under the bus there’.
“But if you actually analyse carefully what he was saying, I do believe he was taking some of the blame himself so there’s a bit of shared responsibility there at least.”
Could Nuno face the sack?
It appears as though Nuno’s job is safe for now, but the latest run of results mean he now finds himself as third favourite among Premier League managers to be sacked.
That comes after winning the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award for August, having led Spurs to the top of the league.