Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has claimed that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has not delivered on his promise to supporters that he would bring an attack-minded manager to the club.
What did Daniel Levy say to the fans?
Back in April, Tottenham’s board finally lost patience with Jose Mourinho, and sacked the Portuguese coach as Spurs fell out of the race for the top four.
The following month, Levy released a statement, admitting that the north London club had “lost sight of some key priorities“, but made it clear that he wanted to address these issues by replacing Mourinho with a manager who would get Tottenham playing on the front foot again.
Over the summer, Spurs went on to miss out on a number of their top targets for the manager’s position including Antonio Conte and Gennaro Gattuso, before they eventually appointed former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
What did Bridge say about Levy’s statement?
Bridge believes that Levy did not live up to his word when he selected Nuno as the team’s new manager. He feels that the 47-year-old is too similar to his predecessor, and has not significantly changed Tottenham’s style of play since his arrival.
Speaking about Nuno’s time in charge so far to GIVEMESPORT, Bridge said: “This is like Jamie Carragher said on Monday Night Football, he’s Mourinho lite. And it’s not a big criticism of Nuno because Mourinho’s won everything in football.
“And then, when Daniel Levy did that statement about, ‘we will strive to bring you an attack-minded coach, philosophies, and everything that’s part of us’, blah, blah, blah. Well, that’s not really Nuno Espirito Santo.”
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Does Bridge have a point?
The numbers don’t lie.
Spurs have been little short of woeful from an attacking perspective in the opening weeks of the campaign, scoring just four league goals in six games – only Wolves (3) and Norwich (2) have found the net on fewer occasions.
Only two of Tottenham’s goals have come from open play, and they have certainly not been easy on the eye under Nuno to date.
It is not so long ago that the Premier League outfit were playing a free-flowing style of football under Mauricio Pochettino, and Spurs fans must dream of returning to those days in the not-too-distant future.
They have not hit those heights with Nuno at the helm yet, though, and unless he makes drastic changes soon, Tottenham will continue to be a tough watch, and Levy will have undoubtedly broken his promise to the club’s supporters.