Tottenham’s loss at Arsenal in the north London derby on Sunday raised questions as to just how Nuno Espirito Santo’s tenure at the Lilywhites could go despite his good start.
And talking on Sky’s Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher raised such concerns, although he backed the Portuguese manager in the long-term.
Tottenham were completely outclassed in the first half at the Emirates, trailing 3-0 at the break.
A disorientated defence, a passive midfield and most certainly an out-of-sorts Harry Kane were embarrassed in the autumn warmth with no answer.
As a result, Nuno has gone from the highs to the lows of management in just weeks. After sitting top of the Premier League after three games and three wins, Spurs’ three consecutive losses have seen them slip to 11th.
Pundits and fans alike have raised questions about whether Nuno had simply enjoyed some beginner’s luck upon the start of his Spurs tenure.
And Carragher is one of that conglomerate to pour doubt on his suitability to the north London club, although he backed Nuno to ‘do his own thing’.
“That was a bad one for Nuno – not because it was a derby game, it was a bad one,” Carragher said.
“You’re never going to talk about managers after five or games in the job, Nuno’s a good manager he proved that at Wolves but what I hope is he’s himself in this role.
“It doesn’t feel like the perfect fit, I must say that on the back of Jose Mourinho it almost feels like Jose Mourinho-lite. That’s not a criticism of the manager – Jose Mourinho’s won everything in the game.
“Roy Hodgson is a really good manager but he wasn’t the right manager for Liverpool and there’s no doubt there’s Spurs fans early on thinking ‘Is Nuno a Tottenham manager?'”
“That remains to be seen. He needs to bring his signings in but my advice to Nuno is be yourself. Whether that’s going to a back five or being defensive, do what you do well because they’ve got nothing going forward, the worst in the league for xG and chances created, but they’re so open, absolutely ripped apart every game.
“We’ve seen it at Palace, the second half against Chelsea and that first half against Arsenal was unbelievable to watch.”