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Wolves next manager latest: Nuno return cannot be ruled out, bridges not burnt with senior figures - report

Wolves are frantically searching for a new manager following the decision by top choice Julen Lopetegui to turn down the opportunity. And it has now been claimed that a stunning return to Wolves for Nuno Espirito Santo cannot be ruled out.

Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi reportedly flew to Spain earlier this week to hold talks with Lopetegui.

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The 56-year-old was the club’s number one candidate to replace Bruno Lage.

But he will not be taking the job due to wanting to spend time with his family and father, who is of ill health at the moment.

The timing is just not right for Lopetegui, and Wolves must now assess other options.

Last night, reports surfaced that former Wolves player Rob Edwards had been interviewed by the club.

Mirror reporter Alex Richards said on Twitter that it was not necessarily to be the new manager, but to get a role in the new-look coaching set up.

Since the Lopetegui news, there has been quite a bit of talk about Nuno and the potential for him to make a sensational return to Molineux.

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It is a topic that has completely divided the fans.

The Athletic have a word on him today, and they claim that while he didn’t ‘depart on the best of terms with some senior Wolves figures’, bridges were not burnt to a point they couldn’t be mended.

The report states that he was not the club’s preferred candidate a week ago. But his return cannot now be ruled out.

Wolves should not be tempted to seek Nuno Espirito Santo return

People are making some fair arguments for the return of Nuno.

Undoubtedly, he is still a very popular figure at Molineux for all he achieved in his four years at the club.

Many supporters felt a real connection with him that they just never got with Bruno Lage. Potentially, he could restore unity and bring a feel-good factor. He could give the players a real lift, especially those that played under him previously.

He delivered the good times for Wolves.

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But that was then. And the pictured has changed significantly.

Wolves decided to move on from Nuno, following a very flat final 18 months of his tenure.

It is rare that managers going back to old clubs have a successful second spell. And Wolves are in real trouble right now. It’s an appointment that would carry risk, and the mood could take a really bad turn if Nuno struggled to get results.

It would certainly be a massive surprise if Wolves went there.