Premier League manager of the month in August and life seemed good for Nuno, fast forward a month and the Tottenham boss is a man under huge pressure. Three successive league defeats including a 3-1 loss at North London rivals Arsenal has led to calls for him to be replaced.
The market moves quickly but Nuno is one of four names you could realistically see as the first manager to be sacked. Other names to be considered in that market are the always vulnerable Steve Bruce, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and value outsider Daniel Farke.
The biggest issue Nuno faces is that his style of play has been labelled as ‘boring’ and ‘defensive’ something Tottenham fans will only accept that if the results are coming. While Mourinho was not a great success he did get them to seventh and a League Cup final which at least allowed him some leeway.
Another reason that Nuno has come under criticism is that he has failed to get the best out of the Harry Kane and Son partnership. One of things that wasn’t broken was this and even allowing for Kane wanting to leave those two do not seem to have the same understanding and link play that they did last season. This is surprising given the link between Traore and Jimenez that existed under Nuno at Wolves.
Nuno seems unwilling or uncertain on the new signings which could lead to friction between him and Fabio Paratici. Big money signing Cristiano Romero remains stuck on the bench behind Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez while Emerson Royal was only among the substitutes in that derby defeat.
The final and biggest hurdle facing Nuno is that a number of good quality managers that are out of work or ready to make the step up to Tottenham. Here we are five of the featured names to take over the role.
The Current Brighton manager was linked with the job last time but did not interview (he might have been one of the few in the country not to given the lengthy process). Potter has made a great start to the season with the Potters as they sit in the top six. Although in the middle of a project the Seagulls boss might think he has taken his current side as far as possible
Back in the summer it might have seemed like a sideways step (at best) for Rodgers to swap Leicester for Tottenham. The Foxes though have not made a great start to the season and the Northern Irishman might think it is time to move on. His time at Liverpool showed that his magic can wane after a few seasons and he might jump before the pressure increases on him.
Conte seemed destined to become the Tottenham manager at one point last summer before things fell apart. Daniel Levy might (although not publicly) admit that he was wrong and go back to the Italian with a new and improved offer. Conte is a natural winner and will develop a squad that has many players at their peak ages.
The former Real Madrid boss is looking for a new challenge and the thought of managing in the Premier League could really appeal to the Frenchman. Despite his impress winning CV he is not held in the same regard as top coaches such as Pep, Klopp and Tuchel and only a move to the Premier League will change this.
A puzzling one given his limited experience and that he has just started a project with Bournemouth but Levy is a big fan of Parker and his name was in discussions last time around. Parker played for Spurs and could be the kind of appointment made to get the fans united behind the team.