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Tottenham ace names “world class” figure who can make “an immediate impact” with side next season


Matt Doherty has hailed new Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo following the beginning of pre-season for the north London club.

Speaking to the Standard, the Republic of Ireland international has praised the Portuguese coach following his arrival to Spurs.

Doherty flourished under Nuno during their time together with Wolves. The duo clinched promotion to the Premier League in emphatic style in 2018 before finishing seventh in back-to-back seasons in the top-flight.

The right-back will no doubt be one of the players who benefits greatly from the appointment of Nuno, with the paid knowing each other well from all the years they’ve spent at Wolves.

And Doherty has lavished the new Tottenham manager with praise in the first week of pre-season. Nuno took over the Premier League earlier in the month.

The Irish defender said: “I’ve said over the years that I’ve nothing but praise for Nuno, he’s a world-class coach and his backroom staff are world-class as well. And I maintain that, that doesn’t change and we’re very fortunate to have him here.

“We had a good relationship at Wolves. He had an immediate impact, winning the league (Championship) with 99 points in the first season and then going back-to-back seventh-place finishes and getting into Europe.”

Doherty’s first season with Tottenham was certainly one to forget. The defender struggled for consistency under Jose Mourinho.

Yet with Nuno back at the club, the 29-year-old defender can find a new lease of life with the north London side.

The fullback was one of Nuno’s most trusted players during their two years together in the Premier League.

And the Portuguese manager knows how to get the best out of Doherty, which could be a real boost to the Tottenham squad who were lacking attacking runs from their fullbacks last campaign.