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Wolves confirm departure of their manager – in contact with Benfica boss

Wolves confirm departure of their manager after four seasons with Nuno Espírito Santo set to leave the club after the game against Man Utd.

The Portuguese boss has spent four years at Molineux, guiding the club back to the Premier League before also reaching the Europa League quarter-final.

Wolves are 12th heading into the final day and Nuno will exit the club as its fifth longest serving manager of the post-war era.

The club have reportedly contacted former Benfica manager Bruno Lage as ‘main option’ to replace Nuno Espirito Santo who’s leaving the club. Talks ongoing.

Sergio Conçeiçao was also in the list with 3 options but Bruno Lage is the favourite as of today. Final decision soon.

CLUB STATEMENT:

Wolves can confirm head coach Nuno Espírito Santo will leave the club, by mutual agreement, after Sunday’s match against Manchester United.

In four seasons at Molineux, Nuno has led Wolves to the Premier League as EFL Championship champions and recorded back-to-back seventh placed finishes in the top-flight.

His side became the first Wolves team to reach the quarter-finals of European competition for nearly 50 years, and he will exit the club as its fifth longest serving manager of the post-war era.

Nuno said: “Since the first day we arrived at Compton, our ambition was to make a positive change and push this football club forward, and I am proud to say that we did that every single day. We achieved our goals, we did it with passion and we did it together.

“Firstly, I want to thank the supporters, who have all played such an important part in helping us reach new heights for Wolves, and the people of the city, who embraced us and made us feel at home.

“I, of course, want to thank all of the staff at Wolves, for their support and total commitment, every single day.

“Most importantly, I want to thank each-and-every player that we’ve worked with since the day we started, for their loyalty, their dedication, hard work and talent. They are the ones who have made this amazing journey possible for us.

“Sunday will be a very emotional day, but I am so happy that the fans will be back in Molineux and we can share one last special moment together, as one pack.”

Executive chairman Jeff Shi said: “Nuno has brought us some incredibly special moments at Wolves that will never be forgotten, but every chapter comes to an end.

“His loyalty and dedication over the last four years has been immeasurable, and we cannot thank him enough for the progress he has made for Wolves.

“Sunday was already going to be a very special day, welcoming our supporters back for the first time in more than a year; but it will also now be a fitting goodbye for someone who will forever remain an important part of Wolves history.”

Fans reacted as Wolves confirm the departure of their manager after four seasons in charge…

@Thogden: Jose should’ve waited

@wolvesbradders: Thanks Nuno. That was one hell of a brilliant 4 years. Love you man.

@DazzMatthews73: Thank you Nuno for bringing the good times back at Molineux. Gutted to see you go

@Goughy_WWFC: I just hope it aint to another premier league team!

@markgeveritt: Stunned. Genuinely don’t know what to say other than #ThankYouNuno what you have done for this club over the last 4 years will never be forgotten. You leave with our best wishes.

@CallySalter: Thank you for everything Nuno. A club legend who has guided us to some of the best moments I’ve had supporting this club. You will forever be part of the pack 💔🐺🧡

@Lysey_g: Absolutely gutted 😢 for what Nuno has done for the club in the last 4 years will be greatly remembered! He brought in a new philosophy and gave the club hope and European competition #ThankYouNuno

@CFC_Raf: Highly underrated manager. He done a great job at Wolves.

@Matttjcw: Very sad news, we’ve been unfortunate with injuries this season and covid hasn’t helped matters, I do worry that we will struggle to recruit the best talent moving forwards and stay a mediocre mid-table team, still, thanks for the memories Nuno!

@xGJHP: what the fuck

@richyg2215: Absolutely gutted , good luck @Nuno thank you for yoir time at Wolves , you have been a big part in getting the club back up and where we are today

@robcross82: Thank you for everything @Nuno , you’ve helped to transform our club, given us a European adventure and a long overdue cup run. Good look in your next challenge!

@_AlanLeese: Shocked & saddened, I will always hold him in the highest esteem Raising hands, thank you Nuno, Good luck

@steviebee7: Gutted to say the least, never thought I’d ever see Wolves in Europe and this man brought pride back to the club. Thanks for the memories Nuno

@UtdEIIis: Neto’s joining him at Tottenham then

@MaddocksVicki: This guy needs the loudest send off Sunday!! Honestly for me, the greatest manager we’ve had. Good luck in all you do at your next club @Nuno

@wolfpackaywe: Thank you @Nuno Absolutely gutted but all the very very very best in whatever you do #pack

@ZakMBird: Unbelievable 4 years, thank you @Nuno. Absolutely incredible journey Clapping hands sign You were so good, half our fan base became delusional with expectations. Thanks for everything!!!

@JaredKelsey: Thank you Nuno! I have deep respect and nothing but praise for your efforts not only for Wolves, but the community of Wolverhampton. You are a true gentleman and your passion is infectious. It has been such a pleasure having you as our leader. You will be missed.

@Sidaway_: Absolutely fucking gutted. Thanks for all the memories you absolute hero.

@JTB420x: Been on his back this year. But won’t take anything away what he has done for the club! Made us dream and believe again, sadly it is time for fresh ideas. But the memories he has gave me will forever be close to my heart. thankyou for the 4 years. Good luck in future Mr Nuno!!

@DannyRosamond: Thanks @Nuno. Gave me some of the best memories of my life.

@IRC2299: Omg. I’m shocked he’s going. He’s been amazing for us and took the club to new levels. Ok this season hasn’t been the greatest but we are safe and it’s his first bad season. Nuno you have been our best manager in years and loved by us fans and players. Good luck for the future

@ben_solly: This man has given me the most amazing memories as a @Wolves fan. I will always hold him in the highest regard. I’m sad to see him leave but wish him all the best. Thank you for everything @Nuno

@wwfccameron: i’m genuinely lost for words what the fuck

@georgia_wwfc: We’re never gonna be able to belt out Nuno had a dream in a packed out Molineux ever again 😢

@wwfc_stuff: Holy shit wasn’t expecting that at all

@andypmr: Oh no! I know this season has been tough but was looking forward to the next phase. Perhaps his heart hasn’t been in it the last 12 months or so.

@ewancampbell98: Did not see that coming at all. Every year there’s a promoted team who do well and then sooner or later merge into the pack. Wolves are exactly where they should be.

@JemmaBeverley: Gutted is an understatement for how I am feeling right now! What he has done for this club & city will forever live on in the wolves history books! THANK YOU NUNO for everything you have done for this club. I hope we can go on & continue your fantastic work! #NUNOSTHESPECIALONE

@AJTrioxin: Thank you Nuno for some incredible moments. The best moments & the best football in my lifetime at Wolves. European adventure, Semi final at Wembley and winning the Championship in style. Gutted.

@Mossy55018: Sad sad day. For a fan of over 48 yrs this has been the best time to be a Wolves fan. Thank you Nuno you will be missed

@SloggettDanny: So sad to hear your leaving us Nuno we can go so far together and you already have taken us so far,Thankyou for all you do for I wish you wouldn’t leave,You will always forever be a Wolf part of our family shine on Nuno we are @Wolves @SloggettDanny

@JonnyG92: Thanks for all you’ve done for this football club @Nuno you’ll always hold a special place in the hearts of Wolves fans. All the best with your next endeavour! #devastated #nunosantosbarmyarmy

@Gazoftheshire: Wow thats a shock… Very sad news. Best of luck to Nuno in your next adventure. Thank you for some great memories

@bibb_wwfc: 100% respect the job nuno has done, glad to see him go especially after how this season has done, left a hero before he turned into a full on villain. gave us magical moments and i respect that. now time to go and get behind this new manager

@ReadyTheRope: I’ve been Nuno Out for the past few months – I absolutely respect what he’s done for us over the last 4 years but his style of play has become stale and predictable. That, combined with his low squad depth philosophy meaning we’ve had a tough season due to injuries. 1/2

@ReadyTheRope: However, Nuno has also brought us more success than we’ve had for years, prior to this season. And for that, he will always be a legend at this club, regardless of the last 12 months. Thank you Nuno.

@afcjxmes: *Searches Portuguese managers without a job*

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