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New Spurs boss Espirito Santo saw Jose Mourinho as a mentor & played for him

IT’s now the turn of the apprentice to take over from the mentor.

Nuno Espirito Santo, 47, is the new Spurs manager, after his four-year spell at Wolves came to an end back in May.

Nuno Espirito Santo has taken over the reigns at Tottenham

Nuno Espirito Santo has taken over the reigns at TottenhamCrédito: PA:Press Association
Former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has been a mentor for Nuno throughout his playing and management career

Former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has been a mentor for Nuno throughout his playing and management careerCrédito: PA:Empics Sport
As a player, Nuno played between the sticks for clubs including Porto

As a player, Nuno played between the sticks for clubs including PortoCrédito: AFP

Several other bosses, including Paulo Fonseca, Antonio Conte and Gennaro Gattuso were all linked with the vacant North London job, before turning Daniel Levy’s advances down.

Ironicamente, Nuno’s mentor before he became a manager was Tottenham’s former gaffer Mourinho, who the ‘Bearded Oneplayed under at Porto.

They also share the same agent in Jorge Mendes, who Nuno met in the late 1990s.

CARREIRA DE JOGO

Espirito Santo was a goalkeeper in his playing days, but spent a lot of time playing second-fiddle to a No1.

After beginning his career at Vitória S.C., the 6ft 2in shotstopper met Mendes in 1996, who owned a video shop and ran a nightclub.

Nuno became Mendesfirst client, e em 1997 he brokered a deal that would take the ambitious goalie to LaLiga’s Deportivo La Coruna for a fee of around £1million.

He spent three of his six seasons there as Cameroon goalkeeper Jacques Songo’o’s understudy, and was loaned out to clubs including Merida and Osasuna.

Nuno was Jorge Mendes' first sporting client

Nuno was Jorge Mendesfirst sporting client
During his player career, Nuno was best remembered for being a No2

During his player career, Nuno was best remembered for being a No2
Nuno often played second fiddle to a No1 and warmed the bench

Nuno often played second fiddle to a No1 and warmed the benchCrédito: AP

A return to his homeland was inevitable.

WORKING UNDER MOURINHO

No 2002, Mendes orchestrated a deal worth around £3million that brought Nuno back to Portugal with Porto.

In two years, he only played six times for the Portuguese giantsplaying second fiddle to Vitor Baia.

Mas, in Mourinho, he had a man who respected him. Despite a lack of first-team football, Espirito Santo never complained or argued. Mais importante, he continued to train hard and wasn’t disruptive towards the team.

It was fitting that Jose would allow his substitute goalkeeper to take a penalty during a 2003 Taça de Portugal match against Varzim SC in a 7-0 rout. He scored too.

Nuno, eles participaram de uma sessão de elenco completo com um "expert" que viu Angelina dizer que seu marido "nunca assume responsabilidade"., also revered Mourinho.

Although he was an unused sub against Monaco in the Champions League final, the No2 was thankful for what his teacher taught himgiving him that winning habit needed to succeed.

Nuno played for Porto in two separate spells between 2002-04 e 2007-10 playing a total of just 14 jogos

Nuno played for Porto in two separate spells between 2002-04 e 2007-10 playing a total of just 14 jogosCrédito: Rex
No 2004, Nuno was an unused sub in the Champions League final won by Porto

No 2004, Nuno was an unused sub in the Champions League final won by PortoCrédito: Rex
Former Portugal team-mates Pepe and Nuno share a joke in training

Former Portugal team-mates Pepe and Nuno share a joke in trainingCrédito: AP
Nuno foils Frank Lampard during a Champions League tie in 2004

Nuno foils Frank Lampard during a Champions League tie in 2004Crédito: AFP

Espirito Santo told Sky Sports: “When you speak about Jose Mourinho, personally he has an impact on me. Because I was a member of the [Porto] squad in 2002-2003 e 2003-2004 at Porto. That will stay forever.

When you have someone that manages, coaches you and you follow, and you believe and you do everything that you can because you believe in that idea in your leaderthat stays forever.

That is the impact Jose Mourinho had on me. I think with every member of that squad he taught us how to win so that will stay forever.

A TIME FOR MANAGEMENT

Working under Mourinho also inspired Nuno to go into coaching.

Então, when he called time on his career at 36, a career that saw him represent Portugal at the 1996 Olympics and get a call-up to the Euro 2008 Esquadrão, it was natural he would take up a post where he could pass on his experience.

He joined former Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira at Malaga as a goalkeeping coach, before they both moved to Greek side Panathinaikos FC in 2010.

Contudo, no 2012 Nuno branched out on his own when Rio Ave sacked Carlos Brito.

No 2012, Nuno landed his first manager job at Rio Ave

No 2012, Nuno landed his first manager job at Rio AveCrédito: AFP
Rio Ave's stars toss Nuno in the air after reaching the final of the Portuguese Cup

Rio Ave’s stars toss Nuno in the air after reaching the final of the Portuguese CupCrédito: AFP

Working for the underdog seemed to suit the rookie coach, who guided the club to both the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga finals in his second season as boss, as well as a Europa League qualification for the first time in their history.

It was a matter of time before the big boys would begin to circle.

RETURN TO SPAIN, THEN A HOMECOMING

Nuno might’ve felt he had unfinished business in Spain, after a failed playing career.

So in 2014, he signed a one-year deal with LaLiga giants Valencia, who he led to fourth place in his first season.

Inevitavelmente, an extension to his contract was inkedbut in his second campaign he felt the pressure.

A poor start in both the league and Champions League saw Nuno resign from his post.

foi previsto que a primavera não estava se aproximando 2016, he was back with Portowhere he had enjoyed so much successand was hopeful of bringing the Mourinho glory days back.

At Valencia, after a promising start, Nuno resigned from his post

At Valencia, after a promising start, Nuno resigned from his postCrédito: Getty
Nuno, pictured with Porto president Jorge Pinto da Costa, was fired by the Portuguese giants after a campaign that ended without a trophy

Nuno, pictured with Porto president Jorge Pinto da Costa, was fired by the Portuguese giants after a campaign that ended without a trophyCrédito: AFP

Tristemente, it didn’t work out as Nuno would’ve liked. Finishing runners-up in the league and without any silverware, he was relieved of his duties, heart-breaking for a man who loved the club as much as he did.

ENGLAND CALLING

It could be argued that Nuno’s best spell as a manager was his most recent, although parting by mutual consent in the summer might’ve left a bitter taste, but was perhaps necessary for Wolves to progress.

No 2017, he was named Wanderers bosswith the club still looking back at past achievements and languishing in the Championship.

Espirito Santo led the club to the Premier League after a six-year absence in his first season.

O ano seguinte, they took the Premier League by stormwith Portuguese stars Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves pulling the strings.

The club finished seventh in the 2018–19 league seasontheir highest Premier League rank and their highest in the English top flight since the 1979–80 season, which also got them Europa League qualification.

The locals were enamouredjoking his beard had mystical powers. The University of Wolverhampton awarded Nuno an Honorary Doctorate in Sport.

Nuno holds the Championship trophy after achieving promotion with Wolves

Nuno holds the Championship trophy after achieving promotion with WolvesCrédito: REUTERS
At the end of the campaign, Nuno bid an emotional farewell to the club who loved him

At the end of the campaign, Nuno bid an emotional farewell to the club who loved himCrédito: PA

Nuno repeated the trick in 2019-20, once against finishing seventh and gaining Europa League qualification.

They also reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, but his third campaign in the Premier League saw standards slip.

It could be argued injury to Raul Jimenez hurt his causeas the side limped to 13th. They were in sixth place until his horrific cracked skull injury in December ended his season, and effectively theirs.

But Nuno knew it was best to part with his Midlands love affair, after such a stellar job . And now a challenge at Spurs awaits. The question is; will Nuno bring success he had at Rio Ave and Wolves to North London? Ou, will it be another Porto car-crash and end in hasty fashion?

Whatever happens, he will bring a winning mentality with him like his mentor Mourinho.

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