Can you remember a bigger shambles than Tottenham's hunt for a new manager? Three months after sacking Jose Mourinho, and having gone through a huge number of potential candidates, they don't seem much closer to finally getting somebody to fill the position.
Antonio Conte was close to taking the job, while an attempt was made to bring Mauricio Pochettino back to the club.
Daniel Levy then looked to have a deal agreed with Paulo Fonseca only to pull the plug, while discussions with Gennaro Gattuso were abandoned after the reaction of the supporters to the news that he could taken over. Sevilla would then reject their advances for Julen Lopetegui.
In all, the whole thing has been a shambles from start to finish.
Spurs are now reportedly in discussions with another potential candidate, and even though he is clearly far from their first choice, it could be good news for Republic of Ireland defender Matt Doherty.
It has been widely reported that the club are currently in talks with Nuno Espirito Santo about becoming their new manager, with new director of football Fabio Paratici believed to be an admirer of the Portuguese boss.
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Espirito Santo left Wolves at the end of last season and has been without a club since. He was close to joining Crystal Palace at one point only for the deal to eventually fall through.
Although this seems like far from a done deal based on Spurs' recent history, the 47-year old's arrival at the club would be a big boost for Matt Doherty.
The Dubliner joined Tottenham in a £15million deal in the summer of 2020 having been one of the most impressive attacking fullbacks in the Premier League for a couple of seasons at that point.
He was a mainstay in the side for the first few months of the campaign, but found himself out of the side after the turn of the year due to a mixture of illness, injury, and lack of form.
Of course, Espirito Santo was the manager who turned Doherty into one of the most reliable wingbacks in the division during their time together at Wolves.
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The Irishman has been linked with a move over the coming months. However, that would surely be off the cards should he link up with his former manager.
His arrival could also mean a move to a three-man defence for Spurs, the system Doherty had previously thrived in.
Speaking earlier this month when the asked about the possibility of an Espirito Santo move to North London, the 29-year old had this to say:
I seen that (he was linked with Spurs). I don't know how true that is, I see him linked with some other places.
It's no surprise, in my opinion he's a world class coach with a coaching staff who are world class all around him.
He will find a pretty good job soon enough.
It would certainly be a big boost for the Republic of Ireland if Doherty could once again find his best form, something this managerial appointment should give him the opportunity to do.