Wolves begin search for successor to Nuno Espirito Santo amid concerns that their manager of four years will walk away this summer
- Wolves have started drawing up contingency plans should their manager leave
- Nuno Espirito Santo has been at Molineux since 2017 and is highly admired
- Former Porto boss Vitor Pereira is believed to be among the names considered
Wolves have begun the process of identifying candidates to replace Nuno Espirito Santo in the event that their manager walks away this summer.
Sportsmail understands the Molineux club are pinpointing potential successors to Nuno, who has been in charge since 2017, as they prepare for the possibility of life without the Portuguese.
Former Porto and Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira is believed to be among the names considered, as is highly respected coach Rui Faria — best known as Jose Mourinho’s long-serving assistant — with ex-Benfica boss Bruno Lage understood to be another option.
Wolves have started drawing up contingency plan should Nuno Espirito Santo leave
All three, who are currently out of work, have connections with super-agent Jorge Mendes — who is known to have close links with Wolves. Nuno is also aligned closely with Mendes.
Managerial succession planning is becoming increasingly common in order to be prepared if a manager does depart suddenly and Wolves have initiated that process heading into the close season.
Nuno has established a reputation as one of the most highly-rated bosses in the Premier League after helping the Molineux club successfully consolidate their place in the top flight following promotion from the Championship in 2018. And his work has not gone unnoticed by rival clubs.
Nuno has become highly admired for the work he has done at Wolves in the Premier League
He was on Arsenal’s shortlist following the dismissal of Unai Emery in 2019 and was recently linked with becoming Jose Mourinho’s successor at Tottenham. But there is also likely to be interest in Nuno from Spain if he were to leave Wolves this summer and such a move would take him closer to his family in Portugal.
Nuno is hugely popular with Wolves fans following his brilliant work in stabilising the club as a genuine top-flight outfit.
But following two successful seasons in the top flight, Wolves have stuttered this season. However, they have been hampered by the loss of star striker Raul Jimenez, who suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal in November.