Last summer, former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Joe Hart spoke with the “In The Stiffs” podcast, where he discussed his departure from the north London club. Before his Celtic transfer, the veteran shot-stopper states that he was ‘buried’ by former manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
In addition, Hart revealed that the former Tottenham manager informed him he was too old and not fast enough to play for Spurs, making it clear to the 34-year-old, who joined the club in 2020, that he had no future there.
“He just went, ‘in my opinion, we all reach a point in our career where the body won’t allow you to play football. We’re at it now. I would not feel comfortable with you playing one minute for me. The ball’s too quick for you, you’re too old, you’re not moving, you’ve got no strength in your body,” Hart said.
“He literally buried me, and I’m laughing because, whether I’m deluded or not, I was like, I don’t agree with any of that. I asked for your opinion; you have given it, it’s not what I wanted to hear, and I am going to have to take myself out of this situation.”
Hart went on to say that once Nuno said that to him, the veteran goalkeeper knew that he had to depart because there was no way the two could be together after what the Portuguese tactician stated.
“Going no direction just getting constantly volleyed in the face when all I am trying to do is my best,” Hart said. “I was like: I don’t need this anymore. I’m strong. I’m healthy; I love football. I went home and said I’d prefer to play 30 charity games a year for anyone who would want me to play in goal and give something back.”
Hart has made 28 appearances for the Scottish giants, conceding 15 goals and registering 16 clean sheets for Celtic. Furthermore, he’s already won a trophy this season, helping the Glasgow-based club win the Scottish League Cup.
SJ is spot on, Hart seems to think there’s been some sort of conspiracy against him since Pep bombed him out of Citeh. You don’t become England’s number 1 to Burnley’s 3rd choice by accident. Looking good in Scotland hasn’t proved anyone wrong, it actually proves that everyone was right…
Hart was another cheapo punt. He’s been at 7 clubs and released from all of them. He’s now found his level in a pub league.
As Simon Jordan said. “ Don’t ask the question if you don’t want the answer”
Yep, sh*te level…
Yeah, in a below Championship level league…
Totally agree, another nonsensical move by Failiure FC.
Both Hart and Gollini go down as ‘Home Grown’, I’m not sure of the rules but by having your reserve keeper as one isn’t a bad idea. Although it is if they’re sh*te… 🤔
“I asked for your opinion” careful of what you ask for Joe! 😂
Keepers tend to be better in their mid 30s than in their early 20s. They stop throwing themselves about and tend to get their positioning better.
Blunt, but Nuno had a point. I think Gazzaniga is better than both Hart and Gollini. It made no sense getting rid of him
And I thought that Mourinho was the best at ruining players by playing them out of position and screwing them up psychologically.
Vertonghen was only played at centre back once I seem to remember. Mourinho hardly picked him and when he did he always played him at left back instead of partnering him with Alderweireld.
Mourinho maybe never forgot that game when he was the opposing manager and wanted Vertonghen sent off and then massively complained about him after the game.
Nuno’s comments are a shocking way to treat someone.
I am pleased for Joe Hart that he is a strong character and has made a real success at Celtic.
Correct. “Figuratively” would be more appropriate
I agree Simon but Oxford and M-W literally changed the definition to include “used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true.” Smh.
I don’t watch Scottish football but it can’t be that great if they haven’t figured out by now Hart can’t stop anything low to his left. Nuno must’ve watched 5 minutes of Harry banging these in in practice to know Hart wasn’t for him.
Two f*ckwits, neither of whom should have been anywhere near our football club; The Rabbit In The Headlights, and Burnley’s Third Choice Goalkeeper. Past winners are as good as won-nothings if it was that long ago.
Yet another damning indictment of what a complete shambles Levy presides over…
Burnley’s third choice keeper before he joined us, for a reason…
Ah, but of course Paratici has yet to prove himself, whatever he is supposed to have to done at Juventus is a complete irrelevance.
All that aside, Paratici is merely a smokescreen to Levy/ENIC’s clusterf*ck of an operation…
Yes we can’t even blame Levy for bringing in grumpy beardy either. This makes me worry about Paratici a lot.
This really upset me.
I had no love for “shouty Joe” he was brought in for his “winning ways” but was never good enough but he didn’t sign himself.
To be roasted by the Fookwit that was The Statue is ironic.
A quick chat in the office telling him he is not the right fit for my team would suffice but I do remember this one minute quote doing the rounds at the time.
The Nuno period is a bloody stain on our history and the reason although I hate Enic this one is on Paratici who we trust to sort Tony in the summer. You better deliver the eyes of the fanbase are on you.
Nuno/No-no/Nuni was probably jealous that Joe Hart was STILL a better keeper than he ever was?
He would appear to have found his level north of the border.
‘Literally’, such a misused word. Here is another example.
JH 1 trophy chicken team 0
He might not have wanted to hear it, but I reckon Nino was spot on about Burnley’s former 3rd choice keeper…