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Report: Ben Davies spoke out against Nuno before Tottenham sacking

The Tottenham Hotspur hierarchy realised their mistake of appointing Nuno Espírito Santo when Ben Davies spoke out in private against how the squad was being managed in the wake of the Europa Conference League defeat to Vitesse Arnhem, according to a report from The Athletic.

Davies has had a remarkable 12 months. Right now, he will be celebrating Wales booking their ticket to the World Cup later this year. The defender produced a ‘heroic’ effort in the play-off game with Ukraine.

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But his performance in Cardiff will not have come as a surprise to Spurs fans. The 29-year-old – who cost around £12 million – has been a revelation under Antonio Conte, shining in the left centre-back spot.

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His form has been all the more impressive as he could not get a look-in under his predecessor. Davies featured in two Premier League games during Nuno’s ill-fated tenure.

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In fact, as noted by The Athletic, he was one of the players who seemed to be relegated to a second team, used predominantly in the Conference League.

Nuno’s final game in that competition was a 1-0 defeat to Vitesse in the Netherlands. Harry Winks spoke out publicly about how Nuno split the squad, with all 11 starters from their previous Premier League game left at home.

And behind the scenes, Davies expressed his complaints, according to The Athletic. A player with his professionalism speaking out had a big impact, with the report noting that it helped the Tottenham hierarchy realise their mistake in appointing Nuno.

Ben Davies spoke out against Nuno

Of course, Tottenham would not have made the decision to sack Nuno simply because of Davies’ criticism. The writing had looked to be on the wall for some time.

But had the large majority of the players been behind the boss, you would imagine that Daniel Levy would be more inclined to stick with Nuno – particularly when you consider the problems they had finding a manager in the summer.

Nuno leaving seemed to be best for all parties, including the Portuguese himself at that stage.

And Davies has certainly benefitted from the change.

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