Nuno Espirito Santo wants Wolves to start next season like they finished last campaign in terms of level of performance.
The Portuguese head coach was delighted with the club’s seventh-placed finish and getting into the Europa League. Some five weeks ago Wolves lost their final Premier League game 2-0 at title-chasing Liverpool, but Nuno is looking at the bigger picture and believes his team’s performances offer plenty of encouragement for an exciting future.
“I’m proud of the group – the commitment and belief of the players until the last minute is what we want to create and build,” said the head coach. “The way we finished is the way we want to start, trying to build and grow and improve the team.
“We look back at how good we’ve done and where we came from. We are improving, but how we want to do things for the future is most important because tomorrow everybody has zero points. The table doesn’t mean anything.
“We’ll rest well and prepare well for next season. It’s an active rest, the boys have ben away with national teams, and we will come back with the same idea, game by game, each training session at a time, trying to improve and build a good team.”
Wolves ended the season with huge praise from all quarters, having been the highest finishing promoted team since Ipswich ended up fifth in 2001. They caught the eye by taking more points off the top six than the bottom six. But Nuno stressed it would be wrong to only judge them on their impressive results against the big boys.
“We have not only had success against the top teams. We cannot be measured only by our games against the top teams,” he insisted. “We measure ourselves by how we have been competing throughout the season. There have been good moments, bad moments, but we have always been competing.
“Every day is a learning process. Not only in sport but in life, you just have to read the signs and be aware of them.
“We have an improving squad and we cannot be measured by the table. We will judge ourselves by how we did things, how we competed, how we played, how we improved; but the improvement is natural and obvious. This is what we aim for, not the table.”