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Nuno Espirito Santo named Al-Ittihad coach

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been named coach of Saudi league runners-up Al-Ittihad replacing Romanian Cosmin Contra.

The club announced the two-year deal on Twitter on Monday, sharing a video in which Santo said: “It’s an honour for me to join the greatest club in Saudi Arabia: Al-Ittihad.”

Santo, 48, has coached several top-tier European clubs, including Spain’s Valencia and Portugal’s Porto, as well as Premier league side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Al-Ittihad announced the end of Contra’s tenure after he failed to guide the club to the Saudi Pro League championship title.

Al-Ittihad led throughout the season before the crown was snatched from them by 18-time champions Al-Hilal.

Nuno was not the first choice to succeed Jose Mourinho at Spurs but his term in charge began brightly.

They topped the table after three 1-0 wins at the start of last season, including a victory over Manchester City.

However, results rapidly deteriorated and five defeats in seven Premier League games led to the Portuguese coach being fired at the beginning of November after just four months in charge.

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