Wolves confirm ex-Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo as new head coach
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 31/05/17 2:21pm
Wolves have appointed former FC Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach.
Nuno, who has also managed Valencia and Rio Ave, replaces Paul Lambert, who became the third manager to come and go under current owners Fosun since July 2016.
In addition, three new coaches arrive as part of the backroom team, with Rui Pedro Silva becoming assistant head coach, while Rui Barbosa is the new goalkeeping coach and Antonio Dias is the fitness coach.
Wolves main director Jeff Shi said: "I first got to know Nuno two years ago, and, at that time, we hadn't taken over Wolves.
"But when talking to him, I was impressed by his football tactics.
"Since the very beginning of the Wolves project, Fosun has been very clear on our strategic thinking and philosophy, and has huge ambition and confidence to achieve our goals.
"In a sense, we are very glad to find Nuno with a football philosophy that is similar to ours.
"He has an impressive track record in the top divisions in Spain and Portugal, and took Porto to the knockout stages of the Champions League last season.
"We are all looking forward to working with Nuno and his staff, and are excited about what he can achieve with Wolves as we go into the new season and beyond."
Lambert did not resign but parted company with the Sky Bet Championship club after expressing his wish not to work with the club's new transfer policy, which is to be guided by Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, who has close links to Fosun.
Nuno was sacked by Porto last month after finishing his only season at the helm without a trophy.
At Valencia, he guided the team to finish fourth in La Liga, again in his only full season in charge before he resigned in November 2015.
Rio Ave was his first managerial job, having retired from his playing with Porto in 2010, and he led them to the both Portuguese domestic cup finals, qualifying for the Europa League for the first time in the club's history.
Wolves finished 15th in the Championship last season with 16 wins and 58 points.
Nuno will be introduced to the media at a press conference on Thursday morning.