Tottenham ‘follows Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo as replacement for Jose Mourinho’

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Tottenham ‘follows Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo to replace Jose Mourinho’ with Portuguese boss for the bag if he fails to lead Spurs to the top four

  • Tottenham is considering Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo
  • Jose Mourinho is under pressure for his job and a place in the top four is now unlikely
  • Daniel Levy is said to be an admirer of Espirito Santo and his work at Molineux

Tottenham is reportedly targeting a move for Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo if they get rid of Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.

The ax hangs over Mourinho’s head in the aftermath of the team’s 3-1 home defeat against Manchester United, with a top four spot looking increasingly unlikely as Liverpool, Chelsea and West Ham continue to peck results above them.

Sportsmail understands Mourinho will lose his job if he fails to secure Champions League football for the North London kit next season – an essential source of income after paying £ 1bn for their new stadium – and fellow countryman Espirito Santo has been earmarked as its successor, according to the sun

Spurs consider replacing Jose Mourinho (left) with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo (R), according to reports

Mourinho is ahead if he doesn't lead Spurs to the Champions League

Mourinho is ahead if he doesn’t lead Spurs to the Champions League

Espirito Santo has taken Wolves from a struggling championship squad to a stable Premier League team – guiding them to back-to-back 7th places in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

Backed by Wolves’ Chinese owners, he’s brought in some quality names – such as Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez, all of whom played great football all the while and earned a host of admirers.

One such admirer is Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, the report adds, but it costs the Lilywhites around £ 8 million in compensation. This added to the huge salary package the club would have to pay to Mourinho to leave his contract early could give Levy a huge headache.

Spurs chief Daniel Levy is said to be a great admirer of Nuno Espirito Santo

The Portuguese coach has transformed Wolves into a stable Premier League kit

Tottenham chef Daniel Levy (L) is said to be a great admirer of Nuno Espirito Santo’s work

Time is running out for Mourinho, who has only one cup final left to save Tottenham's season

Time is running out for Mourinho, who has only one cup final left to save Tottenham’s season

Tottenham has also been linked with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers and Leipzig player Julien Nagelsmann, with the club heading into a huge summer with star striker Harry Kane likely to be in the spotlight across Europe.

Spurs could end the season with a trophy – taking on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on April 25 – but claiming a place in the Champions League seems to be more of a challenge.

They are six points away from West Ham in fourth place with seven games to go, and they have one more trip to Everton and a final day against Leicester City.

Mourinho’s men have lost a shocking 18 points this season from winning positions – second only to Brighton – with Tottenham’s 10 league defeats the Portuguese boss has suffered the most in his career.

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