sport news Tottenham: Nuno Espirito Santo's in-tray as new boss must sort out Harry Kane's ...

sport news Tottenham: Nuno Espirito Santo's in-tray as new boss must sort out Harry Kane's ...
sport news Tottenham: Nuno Espirito Santo's in-tray as new boss must sort out Harry Kane's ...

After what has felt like football's most farcical search for a new manager, Tottenham have finally found the man to succeed Jose Mourinho. 

Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, Gennaro Gattuso and Julien Lopetegui had all been linked with the vacancy in the space of a whirlwind 72 days. Finally, Spurs landed on Nuno Espirito Santo. 

The Portuguese, 47, arrives as the club's ninth choice manager to take the gig, but the softly-spoken former goalkeeper will be confident that he has what it takes to get the underperforming north Londoners back up the league table.

After a prolonged search, Tottenham Hotspur have finally announced their new manager

After a prolonged search, Tottenham Hotspur have finally announced their new manager

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Nuno worked miracles at Wolves, where he took the club from 15th in the Championship to back-to-back seventh place finishes in the top flight and a Europa League quarter final. 

The former Porto and Valencia boss left Molineux by 'mutual agreement' at the end of last season, amid speculation that the Portuguese wished to take a break from football after an exhausting campaign.

However, Nuno has made an immediate return to the game and has his work cut out in picking up the pieces from Mourinho's disastrous spell at the club. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the 47-year-old's in-tray as he gets to work.    

Nuno Espirito Santo has plenty to get to work on after taking the north London vacancy

Nuno Espirito Santo has plenty to get to work on after taking the north London vacancy

Sort Harry Kane's future out

Nuno's No 1 priority is to sort out the future of Harry Kane. After years of falling short of the top prizes, the England captain has indicated his desire to leave his boyhood this summer, with Manchester City strongly linked with the 28-year-old.

But here's the main catch - Nuno has been told that their star man will not be sold this summer, unless £150m is put on the table.  

With three years remaining on his deal, Spurs are under no pressure to sell their talisman and, ultimately, chairman Daniel Levy will have the final say on Kane's future. 

It now appears that only an extraordinary offer will spark a change of heart from Tottenham with the club determined for Kane to lead the team forward under the Portuguese. 

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Nuno will be keen to gauge where Kane's head is at, though. The striker is currently on international duty with England but will no doubt be keeping a close eye on events at his club. 

Kane can turn to international team-mate Conor Coady to get the lowdown on Nuno. The Wolves captain's career was transformed by the Portuguese coach and will surely be full of praise for the 47-year-old.

Harry Kane has expressed his desire to leave and this is Nuno's top priority upon arrival

Harry Kane has expressed his desire to leave and this is Nuno's top priority upon arrival

Kane will likely receive a glowing report of Nuno from Wolves star Conor Coady with England

Kane will likely receive a glowing report of Nuno from Wolves star Conor Coady with England

But at 28, time is not on Kane's side and just as Nuno will wish to assess the centre forward's frame of mind, Kane will be eager to run the rule over his new manager.

Nuno never had to contend with wantaway players in his Wolves dressing room and will be keen to ensure that he is on the same wavelength as his biggest star. 

Get the best out of Doherty again

Nuno's success at Wolves was often followed with a Jorge Mendes-shaped asterisk.

The super-agent's strong relationship with the club's Chinese owners paved the way for the likes of Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez to join the club, a factor that left rival fans miffed and dismissive of the club's achievements.

Yet Nuno's development of previously mediocre players was as significant as the mega-money signings that walked through the door at Compton. 

Matt Doherty's performances have plummeted since joining Spurs from Wolves last summer

Matt Doherty's performances have plummeted since joining Spurs from Wolves last summer

Nuno transformed Doherty's career from average second tier defender to top flight star

Nuno transformed Doherty's career from average second tier defender to top flight star

Matt Doherty was the feel-good story of Nuno's Wolves era. A £75,000 signing from Bohemians, the Irishman was plateauing in the Championship until Nuno transformed his fortunes by making him a dynamic wing back. 

Doherty joined Spurs for £15m last summer and has failed to emulate his displays for Wolves at his new club, but the 29-year-old will surely be excited at the prospect of reuniting with his former boss, especially if he implements his back three system.

The full back is not the only Spurs man in need of a kickstart to his career. Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele and Eric Dier all endured ups and downs under Mourinho and will hope that Nuno can galvanise their careers as he did for Doherty and Coady.  

Eric Dier has endured a poor season resulting in his omission from the England squad

Dele Alli fell out of favour under Mourinho but has improved since the Portuguese's departure

Other Spurs stars such as Eric Dier (L) and Dele Alli (R) will hope for a similar turn in fortunes 

Unite divided dressing room

In the space of 19 months, the strong team harmony that Pochettino fostered had been ripped apart by Mourinho as Spurs lurched from crisis to crisis under the demanding Portuguese coach.

Hugo Lloris lifted the lid on a divided dressing room in the wake of the club's disastrous Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb. 

Hugo Lloris hinted at dressing room unrest following their disastrous Europa League exit

Hugo Lloris hinted at dressing room unrest following their disastrous Europa League exit

'We had a great moment in the past because we could trust the togetherness that was in the team. Today, I'm not sure about that.' 

Nuno must restore calm in Spurs' restless dressing room. The Portuguese, alongside his loyal backroom staff, garnered a tremendously strong team spirit at Wolves and

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