Wolves ditch Paul Lambert with Nuno Espirito Santo set to replace him

by Jack Kitson / 30 May 2017, 13:14

Wolves have ditched Paul Lambert and are set to replace him with Nuno Espirito Santo who will become the club’s fourth manager within the last year.

*Nuno has since been named as Lambert's successor in the dugout.

Supporters will be craving some consistency after last season's short-lived tenures of Walter Zenga and Lambert, who exits Molineux after seven months in the dugout.

Santo’s imminent appointment will bring to a close a whirlwind few weeks of confusion and speculation, during which Lambert’s future has been a predominant presence in both local and national back pages.

Rumours were rife that Lambert had lost his job 15 days ago, however these proved to be false, with the Scot then stating on Sky Sports News a few days later:

"There's no rift between me and the owners. It's up to me to build a team to get out the league.

"I'm loving my time at Wolves. I'm the manager of Wolves and I'm looking forward to the future"

However, he has now become the latest Wolves boss to be thrown onto the scrap heap as former Porto manager Santo arrives in the other direction.

So who is Santo?

In his first spell in the dugout Santo led Portuguese club Rio Ave to 2nd spot in the Primeira Liga and runners-up in the cup, before venturing off to neighboring country Spain where he took charge of Valencia with whom he steered into the Champions League in his first season in charge.

However, a disappointing start to the following term resulted in Santo losing his job, with Gary Neville replacing him at the helm.

Nuno was back in the dugout the following campaign (2016/17) with Porto but after failing to win any silverware (unheard of at a club like Porto) he was sent packing after a single season.

He'll now be tasked with attempting to become the first manage to propel Wolves up to the Premier League since Mick McCarthy in 2009.

 

 

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