Tottenham players ‘struggling to warm’ to Nuno Espirito Santo despite strong start

Nuno gives verdict on Tottenham's victory at Wolves

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Some Tottenham players are struggling to warm to new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, according to reports. Nuno has enjoyed a promising start to life at Spurs in the Premier League, but members of the dressing room are unconvinced by his methods.

The Portuguese boss has guided his side to two wins and two clean sheets in their opening two league games this season.

Tottenham beat champions Manchester City 1-0 on the opening weekend, courtesy of a brilliant Son Heung-min finish.

On Sunday, Nuno returned to his former club, Wolves, and oversaw another 1-0 triumph thanks to Dele Alli’s penalty at Molineux.

In between, he fielded a second-string side as Pacos de Ferreira beat Spurs in the first leg of their UEFA Europa Conference League play-off.

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Despite shortcomings in Europe’s third-tier competition, the club will be delighted to have overcome two tricky tests at the start of the league campaign.

However, according to The Sun, some Tottenham players aren’t warming to Nuno’s man-management away from the cameras.

The 47-year-old spent a team meeting going around the dressing room, ‘David Brent-style’, asking each player whether they wanted to be at the club.

Most of his responses were unsurprisingly positive, but The Sun claim there were a few exceptions.


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Harry Kane has been pushing to leave Spurs this summer in search of silverware, with Manchester City strongly interested in sealing a deal.

Tanguy Ndombele also wants to leave north London after falling behind Harry Winks in the midfield pecking order.

Despite a few lingering uncertain futures, the Spurs players are said to be impressed with his coaching methods on the training pitch.

But Nuno questioning the entire squad’s commitment may have ruffled a few feathers at such an early stage of his stint at the helm.

The former Wolves boss’ mood has also been a significant factor in players struggling to warm up to him.

He was known to be grumpy and show little affection towards staff at the Midlands club during his four-year stay.

The Sun add that he has shown little sign of changing his attitude since replacing another hit-and-miss head coach, Jose Mourinho.

If Spurs continue to win on the pitch, this report will likely fade away into the background, but it sounds like he is yet to win over the dressing room fully.

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