Wolves comment: Nuno’s relaxed – and we all should be too
Does it matter if Nuno Espirito Santo has 16 months or 16 years left on his Wolves deal?
After all, a contract extension is not a guarantee that the person who has signed it will stay.
And if another club really wanted him, they would do their utmost to get him in – regardless of his situation at Molineux.
At the same time, there is absolutely nothing to suggest Nuno is dissatisfied with his lot at Wolves.
Certain parts of the media have portrayed the story that Nuno’s future has been cast into doubt, even asking if he has reached the end of the line at Wolves. And those reports have struck vastly unnecessary amounts of fear into fans. A scare tactic on a slow news day for some.
But, really, nothing has changed over the last few days.
Nuno is still Wolves chief and at the same time, inevitably, other clubs will be keeping a close eye on his progress.
As Liam Gallagher would say, it is ‘as you were’.
Some are slightly sceptical and, to be fair, that is understandable.
Managers and players approaching the final year of their contracts tend to be tied down on, or at least offered, a new deal if the plan is to keep them around.
That, of course, is what Wolves want to do with Nuno.
However, Wolves and Nuno are not your typical club or manager, are they?
If Wolves followed convention, they would not have made it to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, finished seventh in the Premier League and qualified for Europe last season.
The normal aim, on the back of promotion from the Championship, would have just been to stay up.
But Nuno & Co, as he will happily tell you, are always striving for more.
For general football followers, they may look at Wolves’ current predicament – sporting director Kevin Thelwell leaving, Nuno having less than a year-and-a-half left on his contract – and think there is panic and unrest behind the scenes.
The mood within the club, though, is relaxed.
The departure of Thelwell has not been cause for great worry, although he will be missed, as the plan is to get someone in by the summer.
They will not be planning ‘showdown’ talks with Nuno either.
Fosun will trust in him to oversee his usual work with the squad and sit down when the time is right.
Nuno, when asked about his future on Thursday, had a smile on his face and was calm.
There was no sign he was at the end of his tether.
Ultimately, he will have seen it all as much ado about nothing.
Anything can happen in football, as we all know.
Someone else could come in and promise Nuno the world, make him an offer he simply could not refuse.
On the other hand, he could stay at Molineux for years to come, grab some silverware and end up with a statue, or perhaps a stand, in his honour.
Based on this past week, the situation is exactly what it was.