Pundit makes 'ridiculous' claim on Tottenham sacking Nuno after Sky interview
Kevin Phillips has claimed “it is ridiculous” to suggest Nuno Espirito Santo is not the right manager for Tottenham after Gary Neville hinted at big problems behind the scenes.
However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner fears the 47-year-old’s style of football is not suited to Spurs.
Tottenham lost their third successive Premier League fixture on Sunday after Arsenal ran out 3-1 victors in the north London derby.
Goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka were enough for the hosts to secure all three points and leapfrog their opponents in the table.
Spurs have not won in five games across all competitions since Espirito Santo was awarded the manager of the month award for August at the beginning of September.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Tottenham’s torrid form, Phillips said:
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“It is ridiculous that people are questioning him so soon after winning manager of the month but it’s the nature of the beast.
“The way he started the season with Spurs masked over the problems he had at Wolves. The latter part of his time at Wolves was not good. I know some big Wolves supporters and they were very frustrated last year.
“He was very defensive and played on the counter attack and the Tottenham supporters do not want to play that way. They want to press and play on the front foot. That’s how they played under Mauricio Pochettino. It’s not been like that under Nuno.
“This is a crisis there at the moment. At times in the last few games they have been all over the place. You would say it is bizarre to question him so early on but that’s football.”
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Premier League channel afterwards at 7.05pm, Gary Neville claimed there are major issues behind the scenes.
“That was a bad day for Nuno, a bad day for those Tottenham players. The fans have left the stadium thinking, ‘there’s more problems than losing 3-0 to Arsenal’.