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A future Wolves manager may have been prowling the touchline on Saturday

Wolves recorded a vital 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Saturday.

After three straight defeats, taking three points against the struggling Reds was absolutely paramount.

And thankfully the players were able to get the job done at Molineux.

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It was not a particularly great performance. And there are still lots of issues to work on, the final ball perhaps being the biggest area of improvement.

But Wolves were able to find a way, and that was all that was ever going to matter.

The club is still searching for a new head coach and so right now, while Steve Davis and James Collins guide the team, it’s just about trying to pick up points to take some of the pressure off Bruno Lage’s successor.

In the end, it was a Ruben Neves penalty that proved to be the difference between the two teams.

It was a tense finish with the difference only one goal. But Wolves closed the game out.

And it was interesting to see how busy the Wolves technical area was getting towards the end of the game.

Steve Davis and James Collins were in there as expected. And goalkeeper coach Tony Roberts was also lending his support.

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Some players like Diego Costa, Adama Traore and Matheus Nunes could be seen too. But there was one man who was particularly animated.

Joao Moutinho had been taken off to be replaced by Boubacar Traore with 10 minutes plus injury time to play.

But the Portuguese veteran was still trying to help his team from the sidelines.

He is obviously the most experienced player in the dressing room, but to see him remonstrating and instructing was great to see.

Perhaps it was even a potential look into the future.

It is reasonable to think Joao Moutinho may manage Wolves one day

It doesn’t appear that Moutinho has any immediate plans to hang up his boots.

But he doesn’t have too much longer left playing.

Bruno Lage said one year ago that he had spoken to Moutinho about what he wanted to do in the future. He said the midfielder had informed him that he did indeed want to become a manager (via Birmingham Mail).

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Moutinho managing Wolves one day is an idea that has been floated about by some fans on social media for a while now.

He’s had an incredible playing career. He has shown himself to be a very intelligent player down the years and this could potentially translate into management.

He’s adored at Molineux, and knows the club inside and out. It really would be no surprise if he was in the hotseat one day.

Maybe, just maybe, Moutinho prowling the touchline on Saturday was a little glimpse into the future.