Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expresses sympathy for Nuno Espirito Santo after Tottenham sacking


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sent his condolences to Nuno Espirito Santo, after the former Spurs manager was sacked by the club on Monday morning.

Solskjaer, who is also under tremendous pressure to keep his job, proved to be the final knockout for Nuno following Manchester United’s outright 3-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday night.

Both managers came under scrutiny ahead of the game, but it is Nuno that the Manchester United manager is lending his support to after losing his job.

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He said, “Never nice to see good men lose their jobs. I’m not familiar with the situation at Tottenham but as a colleague you are never happy when it happens. You try to get in touch with him and let him know how you feel. “

The 47-year-old has been appointed manager of Tottenham after stepping down as boss at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He was not the first choice for a management position at Spurs, as the post sat vacant for almost three months, with Daniel Levy struggling to find a suitable suitor before finally appointing Nuno on June 30.

Despite a great start to life as a manager which saw him win the Premier League Manager of the Month title in August, the north London club are said to be in horrific form and face defeats in the London derbies against teams such than West Ham, Chelsea and their biggest rivals, Arsenal.

Those defeats meant Nuno had only lasted 124 days as Tottenham boss before his sacking, which placed him 12th in the shortest management terms of all time in the Premier League.

Nuno Espírito Santo during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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It looked like Solskjaer was on the verge of the same fate following Manchester United’s 5-1 hammering against Liverpool, but the win over Spurs gave him some leeway.

Despite constant criticism of the Norwegian, he claims he thrives on the pressure he faces.

“The criticism keeps me going, so keep going. It’s people’s job to give their opinion and I don’t try to fight with anyone ”.

The victory over Tottenham had not changed the pressure from Solsjkaer but Manchester United have an important Champions League game against Italian team Atalanta during the week and then a game against Manchester City at the weekend which bodes well a great opportunity for the manager to relieve some of the scrutiny he faces.

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