Wolves have clinched seventh place in the Premier League in their first season back in the top flight.
Their position was confirmed by Leicester City’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City tonight, which means the Foxes cannot now catch them with one game of the season left. That game was settled by a 30-yard screamer from City captain Vincent Kompany in the 70th minute, and means City regained the lead at the top of the Premier League by a point above Liverpool.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side head to Anfield on Sunday for their curtain call certain of the club’s highest finish since they were sixth in 1979-80. Wolves will qualify for the Europa League if City beat Watford in the FA Cup final on May 18.
Leicester were the only team that could have overhauled Wolves, who have 57 points, but instead Brendan Rodgers’s side head into the final day on 51 points in ninth spot. Everton are eighth, on 53, while Watford, who beat Wolves in the FA Cup semi-final, are 10th, seven points adrift of Nuno’s side.
Wolves are the highest finishing promoted side since Ipswich ended up fifth in 2000-01 on 66 points, and the highest placed West Midlands club since 2009-10 when Aston Villa were sixth on 64 points.
It represents a hugely successful first season back in the top flight for Nuno’s side, and one for which the head coach, staff and players must take huge credit.
Nuno’s record is worth scrutinising, since he took charge in May 2017: 46 wins in 83 League games, giving a win ratio of 55.42 per cent, and 156 points, averaging at 1.88 points per game.
Midfielder Ruben Neves tweeted this in reponse to Wolves’ seventh-placed finish: “Amazing spirit. Unbelievable fans. 7th place. WHAT A SEASON.”
Nuno remains grounded. He told Wolves’ matchday programme on Saturday: “We never look at the table, but it’s more important because everyone speaks about it, so we really have to try to ignore it. The final of the FA Cup still has to be played, so it’s just a hypothesis; it (Europe) is not real.
“If it happens, then I will talk about it. It’s never been our aim to compete in the European competitions.”