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‘Dr Nuno’ to receive honorary degree at Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo is to be recognised for his transformation of Wolves with an hononary degree.

The University of Wolverhampton has rewarded the 45-year-old with an honorary doctorate of sport for his contribution to the region.

Nuno is set to receive his award on the pitch before tomorrow’s game against Fulham at Molineux.

It is a great honour and privilege to be recognised by the University of Wolverhampton in this way and I will be humbled to collect the honorary degree at Molineux on Saturday,” said Nuno.

From the moment I arrived in Wolverhampton nearly two years ago, I have been made to feel truly welcome by the people of this city – And I am pleased I have been able to give something back to them.”

Nuno was appointed in May 2017, and Wolves swept to the Championship title in his first season, setting a club record points total in that division. In the Premier League for the first time since 2012, they are guaranteed the club’s highest finish since 1980, when they were sixth.

University of Wolverhampton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “The university is thrilled to be recognising Nuno with an honorary doctorate of sport at the end of such a successful season for the club.

In two years Nuno has transformed Wolves – his first season at Molineux was a triumph as he led the club to promotion and the Championship title, and now we have seen a successful start to life in the Premier League and a Wembley FA Cup semi-final.

The University of Wolverhampton and Wolves have a close relationship – we sponsor the team, our students complete a variety of placements with the club and of course we are neighbours.

Our honorary graduates provide inspiration to our students and we are delighted to recognise a leader who has brought pride and recognition to our city on an international scale.”

This is the third award Nuno has received since arriving in England two years ago. Last week he was named Manager of the Year by the Midlands Football Writers’ Association and last season he was voted Championship Manager of the Year.