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Tottenham coach Nuno Espirito Santo is on the brink of being axed, after club bosses held crisis talks in the wake of their dismal 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.

The Telegraph reports an urgent meeting was held after the defeat, with chairman Daniel Levy ‘furious’ at the way the team performed – having not mustered a single shot on target for the first time at home in eight years.

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The report states that Nuno was included in the discussions. The former Wolves manager was reported to be close to losing his job earlier in the season following three-straight losses to Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal. A good win over Aston Villa appeared to turn things around, before things took a turn for the worse.

A humbling defeat to Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League – with the first team left in England – has now been followed by losses to West Ham United and Manchester United.

Tottenham supporters chanted “You don’t know what you’re doing” in the 47-year-old’s direction during the United defeat, and also took aim at Levy as well as Harry Kane.

Nuno replaced Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in April, in one of the first moves made by Tottenham’s new managing director Fabio Paratici.

Italian reports have stated that Paratici spoke to Italian manager Antonio Conte after the defeat to United.

Conte rejected the Spurs job earlier this year, one of many targets Tottenham preferred to Nuno.

Hansi Flick, Gennaro Gattuso and Paulo Fonseca had all been in discussions over taking the coaching role before Nuno’s appointment, and Fonseca had even verbally agreed to take the job. Fonseca has reportedly since been in discussions with Newcastle over a head coaching role there following their big-money takeover.

Conte has also been linked to Manchester United and Arsenal – though Arteta appears to have turned things around in recent weeks – but will only take on a project he believes will be immediately successful.

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After the defeat to United, Nuno said: “I am only thinking about the next game and the next training session. There are not words that will solve the situation.

“When they [the fans] don’t see the team play the way they expect they are going to boo. I believe the players are better than that and it’s up to us to change the mood.”

Nuno’s biggest problem has been the dismal form of England captain Harry Kane, who appears a shadow of last season’s Golden Boot campaign – his third such trophy.

Kane, 28, has not been his usual self following a failed move to Manchester City in the off-season.

Former United midfielder Roy Keane believes that denied transfer request has played a key role in Tottenham’s struggles this campaign – with the team scoring just nine times in their first ten games for the first time since 2013-14.

“You do have to have sympathy with the manager when you think when he’s come in here you’re thinking ‘I’m going to be working with a world-class striker in Harry Kane’ but that saga is just dragging on,” he said. “Kane hasn’t recovered from it and the team haven’t.”

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Premier League 2021/22 talking points, results, news, reaction, ladder, Chelsea form, Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United



Ralf Rangnick won his first match as Manchester United interim manager this weekend after the top three in the Premier League swapped positions, with Manchester City now in the driving seat.

Newcastle at last tasted victory to give new manager Eddie Howe hope they can escape relegation while Steven Gerrard won his third match in four since taking over at Aston Villa.

Here are three talking points from the action in the English top flight.

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Ralf Rangnick was given an early sight of the job that lies ahead of him to ensure the Red Devils do not miss out on the top four.

The high-energy style the 63-year-old has built his reputation on in German football was on show early on at Old Trafford, just days after his arrival to replace the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But United struggled to maintain that intensity or break Palace down until Fred’s fine strike from outside the box 13 minutes from time.

A first home clean sheet of the season gives Rangnick a platform on which to build, but that was more due to the visitors’ caution and a glaring miss from Jordan Ayew than great defending.

United are now sixth in the table after a second straight win, just three points behind fourth-placed West Ham.

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However, Rangnick has an enticing run of fixtures coming up, with Norwich, Brentford, Brighton, Newcastle and Burnley to come before the end of the year.

United great Gary Neville said Rangnick got the “order” he would have wanted in the victory over Crystal Palace.

“I really enjoyed it,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show. “Was it flamboyant football? Were Manchester United at their absolute best in the last hour? It was a struggle at times.

“… 48 hours to be with his team and lets be clear in the last six to seven weeks Manchester United have been a mess defensively. They hadn’t had a clean sheet at home in 16 matches.

“They were conceding goals like you wouldn’t believe, getting battered at home against Liverpool and City. All the over teams have cut through them. What Ralf Rangnick would’ve wanted yesterday was order. Order in the performance and I think we got that.”


Divock Origi marked his 100th substitute appearance for Liverpool on Saturday with the latest in his collection of crucial late goals.

Jurgen Klopp’s men had dominated Wolves at Molineux but could not find a way through until the Belgium forward struck in the 94th minute, sparking scenes of delirium from the Liverpool bench.

Other memorable moments for Origi have included an 87th-minute strike in the 2019 Champions League final win against Tottenham and a last-gasp winner in a 2018 derby against Everton.

“He is a top striker, a top boy,” said Klopp, who described the 26-year-old as a “legend”.

“He is already here at Liverpool for a long time — he came here very young and has scored some of the most important goals in the history of this club.”

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It is too soon to talk of serious problems at Chelsea after they suffered just their second Premier League defeat of the season against high-flying West Ham.

But they have now dropped points in three of their past five league games at a time when Manchester City and Liverpool have hit the accelerator.

The Stamford Bridge side are built of tough stuff under Thomas Tuchel and the game at the London Stadium was just the third time in 53 matches under the German that they had conceded more than once.

Tuchel acknowledged West Ham’s winner from Arthur Masuaku was a freak goal but bemoaned earlier mistakes.

He will be concerned at the lack of goals from his main forwards, particularly the out-of-sorts Romelu Lukaku, who was used as a substitute at the London Stadium.

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Defender Reece James and attacking midfielder Mason Mount are the club’s top scorers this season, with five goals each in all competitions.

Big summer signing Lukaku has struggled with form and fitness this season and has not scored since mid-September after a bright start at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel conceded that he made a mistake in playing Lukaku at all against West Ham United after admitting the striker was not at the level of fitness required to play an influential role.

“It’s my fault,” the German boss said of Lukuka, who came on after half-time.

“I don’t think he is ready for 45 minutes physically but still we decided to bring him on for his height because we lost Kai (Havertz).

“Kai had a crucial role in defending set-pieces, which is a huge threat from West Ham, so this is on me. I took the decision so it’s my responsibility.”

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