EXCLUSIVE: Ossie Ardiles has backed Nuno Espirito Santo as Tottenham prepare to take on Arsenal on Sunday afternoon with the Portuguese manager already having a rollercoaster of a season
Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has received the support and backing of club legend Ossie Ardiles.
It comes after the first wobble of his time in charge at Spurs following two losses in a row in the Premier League.
The Portuguese boss took over in the summer after a long-winded search for a replacement to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April.
Several names popped up including Erik ten Hag, Antonio Conte and Brendan Rodgers before they settled on Nuno and it got off to a bright start when they beat Manchester City, Wolves and Watford in a row in the league.
But defeats to Chelsea and Crystal Palace ahead of the north London derby against Arsenal on Sunday while Ardiles, speaking to the Mirror on behalf of Casumo, has backed Nuno to return the club to form.
He said: “I like Nuno very much, I like his personality, I like how his team plays when he was at Wolves. It is too soon to judge him, he has all season.
“He has to repair a few things, more than anything else the confidence of the players because they were very, very low. So I imagine that he is doing that.
“We started the season very well, they have not had the best results in the last two games but there is a big, big game coming with Arsenal this weekend. There is absolutely everything to play for.”
Tottenham have gone through some tough times in recent seasons starting with the dismissal of Mauricio Pochettino with an ill-fated spell from Jose Mourinho to follow.
And Ardiles reckons Nuno’s main task is to return the club to how confident they were when the Argentine was in charge.
The Spurs legend added: “I don’t want to compare Nuno with anybody, I would say that he would not like to be compared with anybody.
“Mauricio [Pochettino] did an excellent job with Tottenham, everybody agrees with that.
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“He was with them for over five years and did an incredibly good job. After that, [Jose] Mourinho came and he was not easy for him to follow Pochettino.
“The change was needed and the change happened and now we have Nuno. Like I said, he has just started so we have to wait.
“We cannot possibly judge him right now, in time he needs to restore the confidence of the players and see how we go.”