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Wolves flying high as ‘Nuno’ prepares for 150th game



Wolves flying high as ‘Nuno’ prepares for 150th game

Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters could have been excused feeling a little sceptical when Nuno Espirito Santo was unveiled as their latest new manager three years ago.

He was, after all, the third manager in 10 months employed by new Chinese owners Fosun.

He was tasked with restoring the Midlands club back into the Premier League after departing in 2012.

Wolves had just finished 15th in the Championship under Paul Lambert and were going nowhere fast.

The day Espirito Santo walked through the door, however, might just be the most important in the club’s recent history.

This Saturday, Wolves host Arsenal in what will be the 46 year old former Porto boss’s 150th game in charge.

Win it and they could move level on points with third-placed Leicester City in the Premier League and the truth is few people would be surprised

Espirito Santo, born on the island of Sao Tome and Principe, had a spell playing under Jose Mourinho at Porto.

To Wolves fans he is already their “special one”.

Backed in the transfer market, ‘Nuno’ turned to his own country to bring in Portuguese midfield duo Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota and French defender Willy Boly.

Wolves amassed 99 points when winning the Championship in 2017-2018 with a silky brand of football which proved tailor-made for the Premier League in which they finished seventh in their first season back, qualifying for the Europa League.

The craft of veteran playmaker Joao Moutinho helped blend Espirito Santo’s mixture while the signing of winger Adama Traore, a Barcelona reject, was a masterstroke.

His high-speed dribbling is a terrifying sight for defenders and the Spaniard is living proof of how a gifted player needs a visionary manager to unlock his potential.

The same could be said of captain Conor Coady.

The former Liverpool youth product typifies the Wolves approach, re-inventing himself as a cultured ‘sweeper’ in a back three.

“When I first came here, it was tough because the club was totally different to what it is now. “The Premier League seemed like a million miles away when I first came.

“Looking back, it’s been amazing. Since the owners and manager came in, it’s been incredible.

“Everybody knows their roles and responsibilities; everyone in that changing room is a clever footballer. It’s a unique group we’ve got,” Coady, who joined in 2015, told the club’s website

Wolves have won all three games since action resumed following the three-month stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have won five of their last six matches and are unbeaten in eight league games since a 2-1 defeat by Liverpool in a humdinger of a fixture.

Much is made their panache and pace, but Espirito Santo has taken a leaf out of Juergen Klopp’s book and ingrained a high work rate and collective defensive responsibility.

They have conceded only twice in eight games.

Yet Espirito Santo strives for more.

“There is always room to improve and the most difficult is to sustain your level of performance.

“We’ll have to find new solutions and we’ll have to reinvent ourselves for a tough challenge,” he said

Edited By: Silas Nwoha (NAN)

Georgina Bode: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]

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