New Wolves manager: Five things you might not know about Nuno Espirito Santo

By Luke Hatfield | Wolves | Published: | Last Updated:

With Nuno Espirito Santo finally confirmed to be taking the helm at Wolves after the lingering managerial saga at Molineux, here are five things you might not know about him.


He's good pals with Jose Mourinho

Well, kind of.

During his playing career, he was part of the Porto side managed by the current Manchester United boss.

Mourinho managed the Portuguese club from 2002 until he was brought in at Stamford Bridge in 2004.

Whether Nuno picked the brains of Mourinho in terms of a future in management is another question.

However, if he ends up anywhere near as successful as 'The Special One', Fosun's decision to bring him in will certainly be vindicated.

He was a goalkeeper, and scored a goal

As a player, Nuno was based between the sticks - often meaning you don't see too much positive goalmouth action.


This wasn't the case for the new Wolves boss on one occasion though, as he scored a single goal in his senior career during a 7-0 thrashing of Varzim during his time with Porto.

The goal wasn't your 'typical' goalkeeper strike either, as it came from the penalty spot in the dying minutes, instead of from a frantic corner as you might expect.

Whether we'll see him returning the favour to the likes of Carl Ikeme or Harry Burgoyne next season is another question - although if Wolves are 6-0 up against anyone we're sure the fans wouldn't mind.

Trophies in abundance


If success is what you're after, Nuno is offering plenty.

He's picked up numerous trophies as a player, including the Copa del Rey, Primeira Liga titles on four occasions and the Taca de Portugal three times.

On top of that he's won the Champions League and UEFA Cup, as well as the Portuguese Super Cup. In terms of individual awards, the 'keeper bagged the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for the Segunda Division in 2000, awarded to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals to games ratio.

He conceded just 31 goals in 41 games (0.75 goals per game) for Merida to claim the award - and is the only Portuguese player to claim the honour in its history

On the managerial side he helped guide Rio Ave to Europa League qualification for the first time in their history after reaching Portugal's two domestic cup finals in 2014.

With that kind of success already - surely he can add Championship promotion to his CV, right?

Manager of the month?

During his time at Valencia, Nuno saw plenty of success in the dugout, so much so he was awarded with several honours in La Liga.

Bagging the Manager of the Month Award on three separate occasions, Nuno took the spoils in September and December 2014 - and in February 2015.

During his time at the Mestalla Stadium, he even got the better of Real Madrid, beating them 2-1 before drawing 2-2 with the Galacticos at the Bernabeu.

It's clear that he has the tactical nous to do a good job, let's just hope he can do it on a Tuesday night against Barnsley.

Bench warmer?

Whilst Nuno certainly won plenty of games over the course of his playing career - he wasn't the most regular starter for many of his clubs.

Whilst his time with Vitoria Gumaraes saw him make the pitch plenty of times, he spells at Deportivo La Coruna and Porto weren't quite as plentiful as far as time on the turf goes.

In fact, over his last eight years as a senior player, Nuno only made 40 league appearances, less than an entire season of Championship fixtures.

Of course, watching games has no doubt given him plenty of knowledge of the game - so all that time on the bench seems to have paid off.

Luke Hatfield

By Luke Hatfield

Digital Sports Journalist with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.


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