Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ success should be judged by the joy of the fans rather than finishing seventh or not.
Wolves’ head coach prefers to concentrate on team performance game by game rather than where results will dictate they will finish. The Portuguese is also happy to remain non-committal on hopes of European qualification – even though today they face Watford, one of their rivals for that spot. Whoever finishes seventh will enter the Europa League if Manchester City win the FA Cup.
Fans have been enthralled by one of the best seasons for 40 years as Wolves have competed for a top-seven finish with wonderful football.
And Nuno wants the supporters’ reaction to be the gauge of how this memorable campaign is assessed.
“Let’s not be judged on where we finish, let’s be judged by the joy of the fans when they see us play,” he said.
“They’ve been working very hard. This season is a good season already.”
Wolves go into today’s clash at Vicarage Road in seventh spot, a point and a place above Watford with three games to go.
Nuno is focused on continuing the level of performance to the end of the season, rather than their league position.
“The table doesn’t mean anything. Our aim is not any particular position. Our aim is to go to the end of the season, always on a high,” he insisted.
“I don’t judge things (by position). For me, what is important is the process – the growing of the team.
“It’s about how we want to do things, how we always try to find new solutions and keep on improving ourselves.
“It began on the training pitch almost two years ago. If you judge (by position), it would not be fair to the work of the players.”
Watford inflicted a huge disappointment on Wolves with the FA Cup semi-final defeat 20 days ago.
But to Nuno, other defeats compare to that setback and he denies the Wembley heartache is the lowest point of the season.
“It’s tough to tell. Let’s wait until the end of the season to judge the highs and lows,” he added.
“We have had some moments of disappointment, but we are always able to bounce back and react to it. This is what pleases me the most.”
The joy of the fans has certainly been reflected at the turnstiles, where Wolves are guaranteed their biggest average home gate for 49 years, since 30,707 watched them in 1969-70.
With one home match to go, against relegated Fulham next Saturday, Wolves have also attracted 30,000-plus attendances in every League game for the first time since 1949-50 and for only the third time in their history.
Wolves have 22,000 season ticket holders and a waiting list of 5,000.