Tottenham sacks Nuno Espírito Santo after Europa League loss

Head coach Nuno Espírito Santo was fired by Tottenham Hotspur on Friday in the wake of their Europa League defeat to Rennes. Spurs have appointed Mauricio Pochettino as the new head coach, ending Espírito…

Tottenham sacks Nuno Espírito Santo after Europa League loss

Head coach Nuno Espírito Santo was fired by Tottenham Hotspur on Friday in the wake of their Europa League defeat to Rennes.

Spurs have appointed Mauricio Pochettino as the new head coach, ending Espírito Santo’s three-and-a-half year tenure with the north London club.

The 43-year-old Brazilian, whose former clubs include Porto, lost his job after Tottenham’s disappointing 1-0 loss to Rennes at Wembley on Thursday, which qualified the Ligue 1 side for the Europa League.

Spurs responded to the loss by firing Espírito Santo, who compiled a 59-38 record at White Hart Lane in his time in charge, and replacing him with Pochettino, who has led Southampton to three successive seasons in the Premier League.

Spurs have won the English league title only once in 1961, while they were relegated from the English top flight in 2006, when they were managed by Martin Jol.

New owners, the Qatar Investment Authority, took control of the club last year, turning to Espírito Santo, a former head coach of Brazil’s national team and Seville, to lead the team and further improve on its results.

Instead, Tottenham began last season as well as the one before, with Tottenham surrendering two points in stoppage time to lose at home to Birmingham City.

From then on, Tottenham began a disappointing run of nine losses in 11 matches.

Kenny Ramsay’s reporting in Curitiba, Brazil, and Alex Caserta’s reporting in Naples

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