Laurie Dalrymple: Nuno is a game-changer for Wolves

The arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves could be a game-changer in the transfer market, managing director Laurie Dalrymple believes.

Nuno and Laurie Dalrymple (AMA Sports)
Nuno and Laurie Dalrymple (AMA Sports)

The 43-year-old Portuguese boss arrives with Champions League pedigree having managed European giants Valencia and Porto.

Wolves signed a number of overseas internationals last summer including Silvio, Price Oniangue Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Romain Saiss, as well as Portuguese youngsters Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro.

While the success rate could kindly be termed as ‘hit and miss’, Dalrymple believes that Nuno’s arrival will make a big difference.

“When you bring in a coach of that calibre it changes the dynamic of how you can go out and recruit,” Dalrymple said.

“If we get things right, if we get recruitment right, we’ve got a really good chance of kicking on.

“The ultimate context is this is a really competitive league and we’re not guaranteed to get anything. We’ve got to get our part right.

“The squad is big, so we’ll have to do something about that. To me it’s more about quality over quantity. Do I think we’ll have 12 players coming in? No I don’t.

“We know we’ve got areas we need to strengthen.”

Centre-half Ryan Bennett became Wolves’ first summer signing last week when signing a three-year contract after leaving Norwich.

While that was a deal sporting director Kevin Thelwell oversaw, Dalrymple said Nuno’s impending arrival helped seal the move.

“We’ve been talking with Ryan for a short while – when he came to the building and started chatting, the pedigree of the coach gave him some comfort,” the managing director added.

“Nuno has been in management for five years with clubs in quite high pressure environments. He comes with a high pedigree and has coached at a very high level, particularly with Porto.

“The recommendation, which I have to say will have been going in to the owners, not to me directly, will have been strong. They feel he can come here and make a difference.

“His coaching skills, the style of play he wants to bring in, is something the owners are comfortable with.”

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