Wolves begin to search for Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor amid concerns their four-year manager will run away this summer
- Wolves have started drafting contingency plans in case their manager leaves
- Nuno Espirito Santo has been with Molineux since 2017 and is much admired
- Former Porto boss Vitor Pereira is believed to be one of the names considered
Wolves have started identifying candidates to replace Nuno Espirito Santo in case their manager walks away this summer.
Sportsmail understands that the Molineux club is tracking down potential successors to Nuno, who has been in charge since 2017, as they prepare for the possibility of a life without the Portuguese.
Former Porto and Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira is believed to be among the names, as is highly respected coach Rui Faria – best known as Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant – with ex-Benfica boss Bruno Lage as another option .
Wolves have started drawing up a contingency plan in case Nuno Espirito Santo leaves
All three, who are currently out of work, have ties to super agent Jorge Mendes – who is known to have close ties to Wolves. Nuno is also closely aligned with Mendes.
Manager succession planning is becoming more common to be prepared when a manager suddenly leaves and Wolves has started that process towards the end of the season.
Nuno has earned a reputation as one of the most highly regarded bosses in the Premier League after helping the Molineux club consolidate their place in the top flight following championship promotion in 2018. And his work has not gone unnoticed by rival clubs.
Nuno is greatly admired for the work he has done with Wolves in the Premier League
He was shortlisted for Arsenal following Unai Emery’s resignation in 2019 and was recently linked with Jose Mourinho’s successor at Tottenham. But there is also likely interest in Nuno from Spain if he left Wolves this summer and such a move would bring him closer to his family in Portugal.
Nuno is hugely popular with Wolves fans after his brilliant work stabilizing the club as a true top outfit.
But after two successful seasons in the top flight, Wolves stuttered this season. However, they were hampered by the loss of star striker Raul Jimenez, who suffered a skull fracture against Arsenal in November.