Nuno Espirito Santo’s stay at Wolves is now done. He is out the door and barring a remarkable set of circumstances, will never return to Compton again.
His farewell on Sunday afternoon was an emotional one as he waved goodbye to the first set of supporters he’d seen inside Molineux for over a year.
His team didn’t earn all three points but it was a magnificent sight to see the stadium rocking in such a manner.
Wolves earned a boost from fans being back inside the stadium but it wasn’t enough to propel them to victory over Manchester United.
Despite Nuno’s exit, it was a timely reminder of how much is needed to be done this summer by Jeff Shi and co. After all, this has been a torrid season by their very high standards.
It feels like Nuno’s departure comes with the team at a crossroads. Since the Old Gold were promoted, this is undoubtedly their worst season.
They finished in the bottom half of the table and are now in need of a manager who can take them to the next level.
The 48-year-old took Roma to the Europa League semi-finals this season but will leave his job in Italy this summer with Jose Mourinho set to replace him.
Fonseca amassed a win success rate of just under 52% but they failed to qualify for the Champions League or Europa League this term.
It was a difficult campaign for the Portuguese but he could help to revive Wolves.
The Jorge Mendes client is known for playing a high intense brand of football, one that focuses on the attacking element of football.
Nuno was striving to turn Wolves into a more attacking outfit this term but failed to ever transition the side from a three-man defence into a four-man backline.
Speaking at the start of the season, he said: “We have to grow in some aspects of our game. I would like to be more dominant, and I would like to have more of the ball.
“I would like to improve our tally of goals scored, and decrease the goals (against).”
Unfortunately, it never really came off. Wolves kept just two clean sheets in 14 league matches from October to January as the four-man backline ended up costing the Old Gold.
Fonseca, however, could finally help the Molineux outfit to dominate more.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk manager relentlessly talks about the need to be “brave”, something he installed in his players during his spell in Italy.
“I have my ideas and I want to implement them, but the main thing is to build a brave team. That’s the main objective and I believe with these players, we can build a brave team without any problems against the biggest teams, the small teams,” he once commented.
Fonseca’s philosophy revolves around neat and tidy play at high speed, a style that of football that wowed Pep Guardiola.
After Manchester City faced Donetsk in Europe, the Spaniard remarked: “Before every game against Shakhtar, I have the same feeling.
“The first time we face them in the group stage, my [scouting] team went to see them and they came back saying, ‘Wow.’ They were really impressed. In Barcelona all the time it was, ‘Shakhtar, Ukraine, who cares which players play, nobody knows them.’”
If he can leave someone like Guardiola in awe, there’s no reason why Fosun shouldn’t consider him.