Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy agreed a club-friendly contract with supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo in the summertime, which features a clause permitting him to sack the boss free of charge subsequent summer time if Spurs end exterior the highest six.
After a quick honeymoon interval beneath Nuno, which noticed Spurs climb to the highest of the league after three wins on the bounce, the crew got here crashing again right down to earth with a run of heavy defeats – a streak which got here to an finish with Sunday’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
The victory leaves Spurs eighth within the Premier League desk, two factors adrift of the highest 4, however Levy is clearly wanting extra from Nuno’s facet.
That was made abundantly clear to Nuno when he was employed as, in keeping with The Athletic, Levy inserted a clause within the boss’ contract which implies he will be sacked free of charge subsequent summer time if he fails to steer Spurs to a spot within the high six.
That deal provides Spurs loads of freedom. The hope is that Nuno leads them again to the Champions League or at the very least the Europa League, but when he fails to carry both, he will be minimize free with minimal problem.
Performances like that within the victory over Villa will go an extended solution to steering Spurs again to the place they need to be, however after the sport Nuno confessed that Spurs nonetheless have to work on their consistency earlier than they get carried away.
“We’re conscious we’ve got been by way of a tricky second,” Nuno informed Sky Sports activities (through BBC Sport). “When the gamers gel and mix they will do very properly. We’ve to seek out the steadiness between the defensive and attacking a part of the sport.
“All of the gamers did properly, we’ve got gifted gamers and when they’re assured, they’re unstoppable.
“We would have liked a win however a well-deserved win. We did an excellent match towards robust opponents. Necessary for us, the boys and the followers. We reacted properly after conceding and [were] constructive in loads of methods.
“The boys did properly. Villa are an excellent crew with the press so it was about taking dangers. Our entrance three had been all the time within the center. They performed properly.”