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Conor Coady hails former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and details first plane journey

Conor Coady has lavished praise on former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and the belief he instilled into the team.

The defender has conducted an interview with the official Everton website, amid his loan spell at Goodison Park.

Coady is enjoying a new chapter now after losing his starting berth at Molineux.

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The transition to a back four saw Coady on the bench for Wolves first game of 2022/23 against Leeds United.

Just days later, the 29-year-old made a shock exit, joining Frank Lampard at Everton. And it’s been a pretty good start for Coady so far, who has started all six Premier League games he’s been available for.

For many, it is still quite strange to see Coady lining up in blue colours.

He has been at Wolves since the summer of 2015, making him the longest serving player.

He made huge contributions to helping Wolves get to where they are today as an established top-flight club.

Him playing in the middle of a back three became a staple for Nuno, who enjoyed four fantastic years at Molineux.

Coady has been speaking about Bruno Lage’s predecessor, and detailed the time he sat next to the manager for a plane journey to Austria.

He said: “It’s one of the most enjoyable and best seasons that I have had in football because the feeling of every week going into a game [and thinking you’re going to win].

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“Nuno was incredible when he first came to the club. There was so much that happened when he first came. We had a trip to Austria planned and it was a normal plane and the lads were at the back of the plane and there’s an empty seat next to me.

“He’s walking down the aisle and I’m thinking I hope he’s not sitting there, because the lads will be on to me here!

“Next minute he gets there and says my seat, he jumps in and the conversation I will remember for the rest of my life. It was the best conversation I’d had, in terms of being at Wolves at the time, because what he told me about what he wanted to do with the club he did the whole lot.

“We sat on that plane for two hours and he told me everything he wanted to do and everything panned out.”

Good times at Wolves with Coady and Nuno

There will be a lot of Wolves fans out there right now wishing Nuno was still at the helm at Molineux.

Things became difficult at the end of his tenure, but a lot of fans still didn’t want to see him go.

He was a very popular figure at the club for all he achieved, and the current struggles of Lage and the team make it hard not to think back to those good times.

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It’s a new era at Wolves now.

Lage has done some good things at the club, but for a lot of people the jury is very much still out.

It remains to be seen if he can turn things around, and go on to experience anywhere near the kind of adulation Nuno did.