Tottenham appoint Luis Martins as first-team coach

The former Sporting Lisbon youth coach joins Andre Villas-Boas on the Spurs staff, bringing vast experience at domestic and international level with him to White Hart Lane

Tottenham have appointed Luis Martins as their new first-team coach, replacing the departed Joe Jordan, the club have confirmed.

The former Sporting Lisbon staffer joins compatriot Andre Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane following the ex-Chelsea manager signing a four-year deal to replace Harry Redknapp last week.

And Martins brings with him a wealth of experience, winning Under-17 and Under-19 national titles with Sporting Lisbon, while helping nurture young talent such as Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United winger, Nani, as well as Tottenham target Joao Moutinho.

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Following his exploits with youth set-ups, the 48-year-old was promoted to assistant coach to the Sporting Lisbon first-team team in 2004, helping the team to reach the final of the then Uefa Cup, before moving on to SC Braga in 2008 as the club’s head of youth development.

Martin has spent the last two years in Saudi Arabia, initially coaching the national team, before becoming involved with club side Al-Ahly last season, guiding their Under-23 side to the national championship.

The new staff member will join up with the Tottenham squad ahead of their first pre-season friendly against Stevenage on July 17.