Nuno Espirito Santo in shock talks to return to Wolves 17 months after sacking as ex-Spurs boss tries to quit Saudi job | The Sun

NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO is reportedly in shock talks over a return to Wolves 17 months after leaving the club by mutual consent.

The 48-year-old had a short-lived spell at Tottenham after leaving Molineux and now manages in Saudi Arabia at Al-Ittihad.

However, according to The Athletic, Santo has "his heart set on an emotional reunion" with Wolves and talks have taken place over a return.

Santo had great success with the West Midlands club, guiding them from the Championship to successive seventh-placed Premier League finishes and a Europa League quarter-final.

A sticking point could prove to be Santo's contract at Al-Ittihad.

The ex-Porto star signed a two-year deal and took three former Wolves staff members with him.


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First-team coach Ian Cathro, fitness specialist Antonio Dias and goalkeeping coach Rui Barbosa all made the move to Saudi.

The report does, however, go on to state that "there is a willingness on both sides to explore a resolution".

Despite Nuno has the highest win percentage of any manager in Wolves’ history, he isn't the only man in the running for the job.

Wolves chairman Jeff Shi interviewed ex-coach Rob Edwards this week.

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Recently sacked Julen Lopetegui was also spoken to, but the former Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla boss turned the job down for family reasons.

Santo remained a regular watcher of Wolves and a number of players he signed as manager remain at the club.

Captain Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez all remain key components of the squad.

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