Tottenham can reportedly sack manager Nuno Santo without paying any compensation at the end of this season, after Daniel Levy managed to sneak in an important clause in his contract.
According to The Athletic, Nuno Santo can be relieved of his duties if Spurs do not finish in the top six. Crucially, Levy has managed to get it so that the club won’t have to pay any compensation to Santo if he fails to achieve that.
It means that the pressure is on for Santo even more after what has been an inconsistent start to his tenure in North London. Three wins in August saw him win the manager of the month award. However, a miserable September followed, although Tottenham did beat Aston Villa this weekend.
The Athletic state how the situation is a ‘win-win’ for Tottenham and Levy, who will be able to move on at no cost if Santo doesn’t deliver.
The former Wolves manager was given the job in the summer after Levy missed out on a number of other targets. Levy also brought in Fabio Paratici to help with transfers.
What a little win this is for Levy. He will sit back and be happy with himself for getting this one in. And to be fair, who can blame him.
Santo was by no means the number one choice, so there was always some risk for Levy in setting him on anyway. And given he’s been stung by paying off the likes of Jose Mourinho, this is a smart move.
It does put pressure on Santo, of course. But it might be a challenge he embraces, which can only benefit the club.