Clubs looking to lure head coach Nuno Espirito Santo away from Wolverhampton Wanderers have been issued with a hands-off warning – by the man himself.
Wolves’ excellent start to life in the Premier League – following on from their Championship title-winning campaign – has seen Nuno linked with a move away from Molineux.
Manchester United, who are managed by one of Nuno’s mentors Jose Mourinho, are reported to hold an interest in the Portuguese head coach whilst his work in Wolverhampton isn’t going unnoticed around Europe.
Nuno, however, intends to honour the three-year contract extension he signed in the summer.
“The moment that you sign something you are already committed to it,” Nuno told the Telegraph. “They [Fosun] are supportive and what I signed for me is important. Of course I will honour my contract.
“Wolves is a big club, through history, this is the first step to becoming a big club. I’ll have good times and bad times, it’s not about my expectations. What brought me here was not money, it was other things, the chance to create something.”
Nuno’s buzzword in pre and post-match press conferences tends to be ‘identity’ – and Wolves’ 3-4-3 formation is now not only recognisable in the Premier League, but at youth level too.
All of Wolves’ teams have adopted Nuno’s formation of choice and it’s breeding success. The under-18s have enjoyed a reasonable start to the season whilst Rob Edwards’ under-23s are riding high in PL2.
Nuno added: “That’s the point of building a team – it would be absurd to do it any other way. Changing something that’s already working would be a huge mistake.
“The identity is there, you don’t build identity, it takes time. Last season the Under-18s and 23s didn’t play like us, now they are playing the same shape.
“Whatever is here will have this identity. You have it in big clubs, but not many clubs have it. The moment you put it on the pitch and your players know and see the same things you see, that makes me proud.
“If you compare our situation to a wolf pack, whatever the territory you want to dominate. You want to be yourself there and having your fans seeing that. It’s special for the boys.”
Source : BirminghamMail