Wolves are reportedly in talks with former manager Nuno Espirito Santo over a shock return to the Club just 17 months after his departure from Molineux.
Nuno left the Club at the end of the 2020/2021 Premier League campaign after a 13th place finish. The Portuguese coach was then appointed as the replacement for compatriot José Mourinho at Spurs, who was sacked a few months before.
Nuno’s stint in North London was disastrous to say the least, losing half of his 10 league games in charge. Despite picking up the Premier League Manager of the Month Award for August 2021 after winning his first 3 games on the bounce, Nuno was sacked from Spurs following a 3-0 home defeat to Man United in October last year.
Wolves are now in talks with Nuno over a return to the Club, with The Athletic reporting that negotiations have already begun. Nuno is supposedly keen on completing his return to Wolves, communicating his desire to the Club’s hierarchy.
Nuno is currently in charge of Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad. He signed a two-year contract with the middle-eastern side after his dismissal from Spurs, with his team currently sitting 3rd in the Saudi Pro League.
Prizing Nuno out of his contract with Al-Ittihad may prove to be the stumbling block in getting the deal done. However, the Portuguese’s clear willingness to return to Molineux is being used as the catalyst to push the deal through with talks between the clubs having already begun.
Nuno has the highest win rate of any manager in Wolves’ history, leading them to back-to-back 7th placed Premier League finishes and a Europe League quarter-final. However, some Wolves fans may not be too excited about Nuno’s return given how stale the football became towards the back-end of his spell. But with the Club lingering in the relegation zone, Nuno might be the best option to stabilize the side for the rest of the campaign. He is said to still have a strong relationship with a few players which could be beneficial in Wolves’ attempt to remain a Premier League club this season.