By Alex McLeish

23rd Jun, 2021 | 9:30pm

Ex-manager cites Wenger as Tottenham line up surprise talks for new hire

Alex McLeish has insisted Tottenham must be prepared to splash the cash if Nuno Espirito Santo is named manager.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss suggested heavy investment was crucial to the 47-year-old’s success at Wolves.

As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (June 23rd), Spurs have lined up talks with Nuno after a change of stance in north London.

It was widely reported the Portuguese boss was not in the running to take charge of Tottenham despite his availability.

However, a series of collapsed talks with other candidates means the out-of-work manager is back in contention.

McLeish insisted Nuno showed “tremendous” ability to take Wolves from the Championship into the Premier League.

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However, he insisted the former Wolves man was helped by support from the board and super-agent Jorge Mendes.

“He did a great job at Wolves,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“To be fair, they bankrolled him really well. He was able to bring in a lot of Portuguese, Spanish players and showed tremendous technique.

Also, the breakthrough of (Adama) Traore eventually, after a long spell, was also great for Nuno.

“So again, great choice of coach but he did get a lot of help from the directors, Jorge Mendes in terms of the quality of player he was able to bring in.

“That always helps a coach. As Arsene Wenger once told me, I said to Arsene: ‘What makes you a great manager?’

“He looked around furtively and said: ‘Great players’.”

Wolves broke their transfer record to sign attacking starlet Fabio Silva from Porto last summer.

Raul Jimenez and Nelson Semedo round out the three most expensive signings made during Nuno’s reign.

In other news, Tottenham backed to appoint 56-year-old by Spurs idol after BBC reveal.