Wolves have revealed that Nuno Espirito Santo will leave the club at the end of the season, prompting speculation that he might join Tottenham.
The 47-year-old has spent four years in charge of the Molineux outfit after leaving Porto in May 2017. He oversaw promotion in his first season in charge, with the West Midlanders claiming the Championship title. And they have looked at home in the top flight, securing back-to-back seventh-place finishes before a dip this term.
Before Sunday’s finale against Manchester United, they sit 12th in the table, with 45 points to their name. There have been mitigating circumstances, with Nuno shorn of star striker Raul Jimenez for the majority of the campaign.
And speaking about Nuno’s upcoming departure, executive chairman Jeff Shi paid tribute to the Portuguese.
“Nuno has brought us some incredibly special moments at Wolves that will never be forgotten, but every chapter comes to an end,” he said. “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.”
Nuno is a popular figure with the Black Country outfit and has established the club in the top flight. And the former Valencia chief paid tribute to all connected with Wolves after news emerged of his impending exit.
“We achieved our goals, we did it with passion and we did it together,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Rumour mill into overdrive on Nuno future
It remains to be seen where Nuno ends up next but he will not be short of suitors. Spurs are in the hunt for a new permanent boss after the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month.
Many names have been thrown into the mix for the job, with Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers said to be on the wish-list. And it emerged on Thursday that the north Londoners are also eyeing Borussia Dortmund’s interim boss Edin Terzic.
He will leave the Germans at the end of the season having replaced Lucien Favre in December. But Nuno would be a popular choice as he has proved himself at the highest level in the English game.