Nuno Espirito Santo keen on Premier League return after Julen Lopetegui rejects Wolves
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 13, 2022 - 08:37PM
Nuno Espirito Santo endured a short but not very sweet spell in charge of Spurs (Photo: Getty)

Wolverhampton Wanderers are considering re-appointing Nuno Espirito Santo as manager just 17 months after he left the club, according to reports.

The West Midlands team are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Bruno Lage following a terrible start to the season that has left the side 18th in the table, with just one win and three goals in nine games.

Julen Lopetegui was Wolves’ first-choice to take the reins at Molineux and talks were held with the former Spain, and Sevilla boss last week, but it is understood that he has turned them down.

The club have also interviewed former Wolves player and coach Rob Edwards, who was recently sacked by just 11 games after joining the Hornets from Forest Green Rovers with whom he won League Two last season.

Former Olympiakos manager Pedro Martins and Ex-Burnley boss Sean Dyche have been strongly linked with the job, but former Wolves and Tottenham man Santo has now emerged as a contender.

And according to , the Portuguese is keen on returning to Europe and is interested in the Wolves job, having joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad in the summer.

It is not known how serious Wolves’ hierarchy are in bringing back their former manager after he parted ways on bad terms at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Julen Lopetegui has now twice turned down Wolves (Photo: Getty)

Santo joined Wolves in 2017 and guided them to promotion from the Championship in his first season, before securing impressive back-to-back seventh place finishes in the Premier League.

After reaching the Europa League quarter-finals in 2020, Santo was rewarded with a new three-year contract, but at the end of the next campaign he left Molineux by mutual consent after the club finished an underwhelming 13th in the table.

He subsequently joined Tottenham, but despite a great start, he proved to be a largely unpopular appointment and was sacked just four months into his tenure after a run of five defeats in seven games.

While the managerial search continues, caretaker bosses Steve Davis and James Collins are set to remain in the dugout and will take charge of Wolves in their next two games against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace.


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