Nuno Espirito Santo should be named the Premier League’s manager of the season for what he has achieved at Wolves.
That’s the view of former Villa, Tottenham and Sunderland striker Darren Bent, who believes the Portuguese head coach has adapted superbly to the top flight.
The 35-year-old believes Nuno deserves the award ahead of Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, one of whom is going to lead their team to the Premier League title.
“For me, he (Nuno) would be my manager of the season,” the 13-capped England international told the Sky Sports TV’s Debate programme. “Yes, (Jurgen) Klopp and Pep (Guardiola) deserve it, but the Wolves manager has done a fantastic job.
“Wolves have been more impressive, to come up from the Championship and do what they have done.”
Nuno has this week been nominated for Premier League Manager of the Month for April after steering Wolves to three wins against Manchester United, Arsenal and Watford and a draw against Brighton. He became the first Wolves manager to win the award in September after steering them to four wins and 10 points in an unbeaten month.
Guardiola, Klopp and Scott Parker, caretaker-manager of another one of Bent’s former clubs relegated Fulham, are the other nominees.
Bent played in the Championship last season when Wolves won the title. He was at Burton Albion on loan from Derby, and although he didn’t play against Nuno’s side, he saw at first hand how good they are and always fancied their chances at the higher level because of the signings Nuno made.
“I always felt with the squad they had as well that they’d finish a lot higher in the league then they would near the bottom,” he added.
“They had players last season playing in the Championship that were Premier League players. Ruben Neves was scoring worldies every week.”
Under Nuno, Wolves are guaranteed their highest finish in 39 years, since 1979-80 when they finished sixth in the old First Division, while he also steered them to their first FA Cup semi-final in 21 years, and the club have amassed their highest points total in the Premier League.