Promotion from the Championship in his first season, back-to-back seventh place finishes in the Premier League capped off with mid-table security in a difficult year for the club.

After all that, it has been announced by Wolverhampton Wanderers that their head coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, will be leaving after their final game of the season at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

It was hugely emotional news for anybody connected to the club. After all, for many Wolves fans he has created the best side that they have ever seen.

Not only had he recorded Wolves’ best ever top-flight position in the Premier League, but he also led them to a Europa League quarter-final where they were narrowly defeated by eventual champions Sevilla.

More than that, he built an identity. Wolves’ five or three at the back became synonymous with their rise to the top and was chanted around the Molineux concords every time the players sported the old gold and black.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Nuno Espirito Santo the head coach / manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

Yet when the fans went, following the global health crisis, Nuno tried to adapt the team with different personnel and a back-four. The latter in particularly had not inspired many for the future.

This is why the news feels appropriate, given he will have his send-off from the returning fans on Sunday. The club will be in a monumentally stronger place than when he first took over.

A Championship relegation scrap had preceded them the season before, therefore, following the announcement of his appointment in May 2017 there were hopes that those days would be long gone.

 

They truly were, beginning with a 1-0 victory at home to pre-season title favourites Middlesbrough.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates with teammate Willy Boly. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The team that won that day had Willy Boly, Conor Coady, Ruben Neves and Romain Saiss – players who have remained with the club and have seen their careers take off under his guidance.

All of them have become internationals for their respective nations, and have regularly gone on record in tribute of the manager’s attributes both as a coach and a person.

It is these qualities that made many fans become so attached to the gaffer. His post-match celebrations, his constant appraisal and recognition of the fans showed that it was truly mutual.

Where next for Wolves and Nuno all feels a bit irrelevant for today, in spite of the monumental task Wolves have this summer to try and become a competitive outfit in the top 10 in the Premier League next season. That is because Nuno has set the bar so highly for those to follow.

Thank you Nuno.

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