Wolverhampton Wanderers’ decision to part company with Nuno Espirito Santo came as shock to Sam Allardyce.
The 66-year-old appeared on talkSPORT this morning and gave his verdict on Wolves amongst other things.
The club are currently in the process of hiring a new manager, with Bruno Lage seemingly all set to take over.
The 45-year-old has been granted a work permit, and an announcement is expected soon.
It’s going to be a big job for him, and he has some big shoes to fill.
Nuno did terrific things at the club, and Allardyce – who also departed his managerial post at West Bromwich Albion – has revealed his reaction to his exit.
He said (via Birmingham Mail): “I was surprised to see him go.
“It was a difficult season. Saying that, they still finished mid-table. The expectation was built very highly, very quickly.
“That’s a big danger for a manager sometimes. When you overachieve, everybody expects you to go on and increase it from there.”
Allardyce went on to cite things such as Diogo Jota leaving and Raul Jimenez suffering his head injury as key reasons for the club’s struggles in Nuno’s final season.
Time will now tell
Nuno’s departure has divided Wolves fans.
Many were still backing him before the announcement he would be moving on, but some had wanted him out.
Time will now tell if Wolves will soar or be stung, but fans simply must throw their backing behind Lage.
One thing is for sure, it’s a big job and Nuno will be a tough act to follow.