Wolves have been told it will take a large amount of money to bring Nuno Espirito Santo back to the Molineux hot seat, while an alternative manager has reportedly ‘impressed’ during an interview for the job.
Wolves let Bruno Lage go on October 2 following a run of just one win in eight Premier League games. Lage’s last match in charge was the day before his sacking and it ended in a 2-0 away defeat to West Ham.
Wanderers have been searching for the Portuguese’s replacement ever since. They were originally hoping to bring long-term target Julen Lopetegui to the club.
Lopetegui is a free agent after being sacked by Sevilla, which came four days after Lage suffered the same fate at Wolves.
According to talkSPORT, Lopetegui was hoping to take up the Wolves role. However, he sadly had to push back their advances as his elderly father is ill.
Since then, reports have stated there is a shock possibility Nuno could return to Wolves. He originally took charge of the West Midlands outfit in summer 2017, when they were in the Championship.
Nuno guided Wolves to the Championship title during his first season in England, before taking them to back-to-back seventh-placed finishes in the top flight.
Wolves fell to 13th the following campaign and Nuno left the side at the end of that season. He had a disappointing spell at Tottenham before moving to Saudi Arabia and becoming Al-Ittihad’s boss.
Al-Ittihad deny Wolves return links
As per The Guardian, Wolves are in talks with Nuno over his potential return. However, Al-Ittihad have moved quickly to deny the rumours their first-team coach could leave.
Their vice-president, Ahmad Kaaki, says the reports surrounding Nuno’s future are ‘incorrect’.
“Nothing official has reached the club regarding the English team’s desire to obtain the services of the coach, and all that is mentioned is incorrect,” Kaaki told Al Jazirah (via Sport Witness).
The chief then spoke about whether Nuno’s agent had gone to Saudi Arabia to discuss his client’s future. He went on to reveal that Wolves will have to pay a significant amount to release their former boss from his contract.
“What was mentioned about the presence of the coach’s agent in Jeddah is incorrect,” Kaaki added. “Even if the coach wants to leave, the penalty clause is of a high financial value.”
Wolves are set for disappointment in their hopes of reuniting with Nuno. But another avenue is opening up.
Ex-Dortmund boss impresses during interview
According to The Telegraph, Wolves officials have had an interview with Peter Bosz to find out whether he is the right man for the job.
The Dutchman has previously been in charge of Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, among others. He managed Lyon from May 2021 until being sacked by the French outfit recently.
It looks like Bosz is becoming the favourite for the Wolves job as he has ‘impressed’ their staff during his interview.
An alternative to Bosz is QPR’s Michael Beale. He left his position as Aston Villa assistant coach in May and has since done a great job at QPR.
However, there are a couple of advantages to Wolves bringing in Bosz over Beale. The first is Bosz’ extensive contact book.
After spells in Holland, Germany and France, he knows plenty of players and agents. This could help Wolves attract some big names.
Beale, in contrast, is relatively new to being a first-team manager, having only been in such a role for a matter of months.
Secondly, Bosz is a free agent right now. This means Wolves wouldn’t have to pay any money to release him from a contract. With Beale, though, they would.