Nuno Espirito Santo says he is ‘proud and very honoured’ to be awarded a honorary doctorate of sport but insists it’s for the Wolves family.
The Molineux head coach is set to receive the honour on the pitch from the University of Wolverhampton before tomorrow’s game against Fulham in recognition of his contribution to the city.
“I’m very proud and very honoured. Since we arrived, I have always been very well received by everybody, by the people of the city,” he said.
“I’m only one person that will receive this prize but this award goes beyond myself. It’s for all the people that are working here – the players, the staff, the employees of the club, the fans.
“It think it is an award that means a lot for everybody. For the club it’s the recognisation of something so important, like a university, so I’m very proud.”
Tomorrow is the final home game of the season when Wolves are expected to complete a full League season of 30,000-plus crowds for the first time since 1949-50 and for only the fifth time in the club’s history.
Nuno is delighted with the level of support. He added: “I’m very pleased and I’m always thankful for the support they’ve been giving us in every game since we were in the Championship. There is a bond we’ve created to which we must preserve it and keep it.
“The best way to do this is to give everything you have on the football pitch, and this way the fans will always be behind us.”
Wolves also welcomed WWE wrestler Sin Cara to their Compton training ground today. The wrestler is a friend of striker Raul Jimenez and he has been invited to the game as a guest of the club following a tweet by managing director Laurie Dalrymple.
Nuno believes the wrestler’s presence can help spread their support worldwide.
“Football nowadays is global, so if we have a chance to someone so far away being a fan of Wolves, that’s always good,” he said.
“It’s always a pleasure to receive someone here, especially someone so close to Raul. It’s a cultural thing in Mexico, so we’re really pleased that he’s come here to support us.”
Nuno has previously suggested third-choice goalkeeper Will Norris and Under-23s defender Max Kilman could get their Premier League chance before the end of the season but was non-committal on their prospects today.
“I don’t know. It is something I still want to try to make possible, but no decision has been made yet,” said the boss.
“It’s not a reward, it’s something with a small squad that we have. I think everybody has contributed a lot for all the improvement they’ve given. Not only those that start the game but everybody. So, I think it will be fair, but let’s wait and see.”