Milestones Lining Up For Nuno
Nuno Espirito Santo has known only plaudits since he arrived at Wolves three summers ago but how many landmarks can one manager be heading for at the same time?
Yesterday’s third successive Premier League victory has underlined this as a very real chance of the club securing their highest top-flight finish for exactly 40 years.
Beyond that possibility is the chance of the club going to the final of a major European competition for the first time since 1972 and even, dare we say it, of qualifying for a first taste of the Champions League.
These already look like being the best back-to-back campaigns Wolves have had in the elite division since the early 1970s and maybe we should be relieved that the coming close season looks like being a shortened one.
Nuno is hot property and admiring other clubs might not have as much chance to make any kind of approach towards the Molineux manager’s office as in a normal summer.
The Portuguese 46-year-old, who was born the day before Bill McGarry’s men secured their place in the 1974 League Cup final, will reach at least two personal milestones over the next week and a half.
Wolves’ home game against Arsenal on Saturday teatime will be his 150th in charge of the club and, by then taking the side to Sheffield United on the following Wednesday, he will stand in the top ten of Molineux managers in terms of matches overseen.
Ronnie Allen and Kenny Jackett are currently joint tenth in the list on 150 games, with Mark McGhee ahead of them on 159.
One more thing for us to wonder about over these next few days……can Nuno become the first ever Premier League Manager of the Month for June in English football?
Wolves are the only club to have recorded three wins out of three since the Premier League’s resumption and surely all Jurgen Klopp’s awards can come at the end of 2019-20, can’t they?
Please look also at both our Managers’ section and the Legends area, in which we have been delighted at last to be able to again add recently to the appearance totals of Matt Doherty and Conor Coady.