Nuno Espirito Santo

Former Wolves and Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo has been unveiled as the new coach of Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad.

The 48-year-old Portuguese’s appointment was confirmed in a statement on the club’s official Twitter account on Monday evening.

It said: ‘Nuno Santo is here. Welcome Coach.’

In a brief video message to the club’s fans on the same platform, Nuno said: ‘It’s an honour for me to join the greatest club in Saudi Arabia, Ittihad. See you soon.’

Jeddah-based Al-Ittihad finished second in the Saudi Pro League after a 0-0 home draw with Al-Batin on the final day of the campaign allowed rivals Al-Hilal to secure the title for a third successive season with a 2-1 win over Al-Faisaly.

Former Valencia and Porto boss Nuno made a major impact in England with Wolves, leading the club into the Premier League and securing back-to-back seventh-place finishes as well as European qualification during his four-year spell at Molineux.

He was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s successor at Spurs in June last year, but lasted just 17 games before he was replaced by Antonio Conte in November.

That proved to be the Sao Tome-born Portuguese boss’s last post in club management, as his two-year contract was cut short after only four months in north London.

He began his professional career at Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes, as a goalkeeper, and his playing career took him to Spain and Russia, and managed Valencia and Porto before his appointment at the Molineux.

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