The Tottenham Hotspur hierarchy realized their mistake in appointing Nuno Espírito Santo when Ben Davies spoke out privately against the way the team was being run following the Europa Conference League loss to Vitesse Arnhem, according to a The Athletic report.
Davies had a remarkable 12 months. Right now he will be celebrating Wales by booking his ticket to the World Cup later this year. The defender produced a ‘heroic’ effort in the play-off against Ukraine.
But his performance in Cardiff will come as no surprise to Spurs fans. The 29-year-old – who cost around £12million – was a revelation under Antonio Conte, shining at left centre-back.
Its form was all the more impressive as it could not stand out under its predecessor. Davies featured in two Premier League games during Nuno’s ill-fated tenure.
In fact, as noted by The Athletic, he was among the players who appeared to be relegated to a second team, used primarily in the Conference League.
Nuno’s last game in this competition was a 1-0 defeat against Vitesse in the Netherlands. Harry Winks has publicly explained how Nuno split the squad, with all 11 starters from their previous Premier League game staying at home.
And behind the scenes, Davies voiced his complaints, according to The Athletic. A player with his professionalism speaking out had a big impact, with the report noting he helped the Tottenham hierarchy realize their mistake in appointing Nuno.
Ben Davies spoke out against Nuno
Of course, Tottenham wouldn’t have made the decision to sack Nuno just because of Davies’ criticism. The writing had seemed to be on the wall for some time.
But if the vast majority of players had been behind the boss, one would imagine Daniel Levy would be more inclined to stick with Nuno – especially considering the problems they’ve had finding a manager over the summer.
Nuno’s departure seemed to be the best for all parties, including the Portuguese himself at this stage.
And Davies has certainly benefited from the change.
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