Wolves have confirmed that manager Nuno Espirito Santo will be leaving the club at the end of the season, through mutual agreement, after four years in-charge at the Molineux. Sunday’s home game against Manchester United will be his last game in-charge of the midlands side.
After four seasons at the club, this Sunday will be Nuno Espirito Santo’s final game in charge of Wolves.
Thank you, Nuno.
— Wolves (@Wolves) May 21, 2021
The decision has come as a surprise to Wolves fans and pundits alike, given the exceptional job that Nuno has done with the team.
FOUR FRUITFUL YEARS
Nuno took charge of Wolves ahead of the 2017/18 season when they were in the Championship. He got the side promoted into the Premier League in his first season in charge and that was just the start of the exceptional journey his side was on.
Wolves under Nuno Espirito Santo:
Championship winners with 99 points
Currently 7th in the Premier League with the 5th best defensive record.
FA Cup semi-finalists for the first time in 21 years
What a job 👏#WWFC #WOLMUN #FACup pic.twitter.com/ITAkKm1TO5
— bwin (@bwin) March 16, 2019
In their first season back in the English top flight, Wolves finished seventh – their highest finish in the Premier League era. Nuno’s men also managed to qualify for the Europa League. The following season they equaled that finish, improving on their points tally to 59. They also reached the quarterfinals of the Europa League but did not manage to qualify for Europe this time around.
A DISAPPOINTING CAMPAIGN
This season though, has seen a drop-off in performance levels. Their star striker Raul Jimenez was ruled out for the season early on due to a horrific injury. However, the entire side has looked stale and in desperate need of refreshment. Wolves lie in 12th place and can only fall down the table on the final day.
199 – Nuno Espirito Santo will take charge of Wolves for the 199th and final time on Sunday. Nuno led the club to a 7th placed finish in their first season back in the Premier League in 2018-19, the highest finish for a newly-promoted club since Ipswich in 00-01 (5th). Emotional. https://t.co/l3bKGeuh6W
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 21, 2021
Nuno has nevertheless done an exceptional job at Wolves. They have become a difficult side to play under his tenure and his relationship with Jorde Mendes has helped the team sign some big name players like Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves.
Nuno is now linked with a move to a bigger side, perhaps Tottenham Hotspur or even Arsenal. Wolves fans will be thankful that his last match will be played out at home, with some amount of supporters allowed back in. It is bound to be an emotional affair at the Molineux on Sunday.