Wolves‘ search for a new manager has taken another twist, with former boss Nuno Espirito Santo now reportedly under consideration by the Old Gold.
According to the Express and Star, the Portuguese manager is keen on a return to Molineux 17 months after being sacked and is being considered by Jeff Shi and Fosun as they assess a number of options.
Bruno Lage was sacked nearly two weeks ago and the Old Gold seem no closer to selecting their new boss, with top choice Julen Lopetegui turning down the position earlier this week due to the ill health of his father.
This disappointment has seemingly turned the Wolves board back to Nuno but it points more towards poor planning and desperation rather than the Portuguese manager being the best fit for the job.
The 48-year-old manager took charge of 199 matches in his first spell at Wolves, winning the Championship title in the 2017/18 campaign before earning a spot in the Europa League after a superb debut season in the Premier League.
While he will be fondly remembered for bringing in players such as Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, his time at the club did not end well, as he left by “mutual agreement” after the 2020/21 season, despite signing a new three-year deal in 2020.
Wolves finished that season in 13th position in the Premier League, scoring just 36 goals in the top flight, which suggests that the Portuguese boss would not be the man to solve the Old Gold’s current woes in front of goal, as they sit on just three goals from the opening nine Premier League fixtures this season.
After his Molineux exit, Nuno would join Tottenham Hotspur, where he lasted just 17 matches, with his style of play not winning over any Spurs fans, and he was swiftly sacked by Daniel Levy after winning just nine of those games.
Now in charge of Al-Ittihad in the Saudi League, having only joined in the summer, it is difficult to argue a case for Nuno returning to Premier League management, especially with his old side.
However, Fosun are clearly getting desperate in their search for a new manager and you worry for Wolves’ Premier League safety if they bring in the former manager as Lage’s replacement.