By Henry Baines

Tottenham have sacked Nuno Espirito Santo along with his staff after just 17 games in charge.

And the club are believed to be lining up former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as his replacement.

Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici said in a club statement: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision.”

Five defeats from the last seven games has proved costly for Santo.

Costly losses to major rivals Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United most recently, proving instrumental.

The 3-0 loss to Manchester United on Saturday proved to be the final nail in the coffin as Spurs were well beaten, not for the first time this season.

The boos were loud as the Spurs players left the pitch at the end of the game.

Roy Keane was quick to criticise, slamming “boring” Spurs on Sky Sports.

The stats make shocking viewing for Tottenham fans, with a -7 goal difference and 17th in the table for xG.

Spurs have now gone two hours and 16 minutes since registering a shot on target as they failed to fire again against Manchester United.

“You’re looking for a bit of urgency. Nothing. I couldn’t believe how bad they were,” added Keane.

This leaves Tottenham looking for fourth permanent manger in just three years.

Serial winner Conte is the clear front runner for the job, having reportedly turned the job down before it was offered to Santo.