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July 2019

Two Wolves cubs could be set to play in Crusaders tie

Nuno Espirito Santo could give two youngsters a taste of European action as Wolves start their season tonight. Right-sided defender or wing back Dion Sanderson and midfielder Taylor Perry are set to be included in the squad for the visit of Northern Irish outfit Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round at a sold-out Molineux. Both players are local – Sanderson, the nephew of Olympic javelin champion Tessa Sanderson, is from Wednesfield, while 18-year-old Perry is from Kingswinford – and have come through Wolves’ Academy. “Taylor Perry and Dion Sanderson are going to be with us,” confirmed the head…

Nuno ‘totally confident’ Wolves signings will come

  Nuno Espirito Santo insists he is ‘totally confident’ new signings will be arriving at Wolves.   Wolves have been linked with a host of names  this summer, but as they prepare for tonight’s first game of the season, at home to Northern Irish side Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round, the only arrivals are the loan to permanent deals of Leander Dendoncker and Raul Jimenez for a combined £45m.   Olympiakos defender Pape Abou Cisse is the latest player to be linked with a move to Molineux, with reports suggesting Wolves have jumped ahead of Arsenal for…

EXCLUSIVE: Why I left Wolves – John Barnwell finally tells his story

EXCLUSIVE John Barnwell has finally lifted the lid on why he left Wolves – over 37 years on from his Molineux exit. For the first time in public, the 80-year-old has decided to explain his departure in January 1982 after he said he turned down big money from national newspapers at the time to give his side of the story. Barnwell resigned as manager when he was still in negotiations over a new contract. But he felt he had no choice to go after claiming he would not have the funds to replace star player Andy Gray, if he was…

Barney swept away by Wolves fans’ response

John Barnwell admits the overwhelming response he received from Wolves fans took him by surprise. The 80-year-old former Wolves manager – still the last man to win a major trophy for the club, the League Cup back in 1980 – was given a standing ovation when he appeared in front of a 150-strong crowd at The Cleveland Arms in Wolverhampton last week. Barnwell was joined by three of that team – ever popular trio Kenny Hibbitt, Willie Carr and John Richards – but it was the response to Barnwell’s introduction that was one of the highlights of the night. The…

Nuno: Wolves youngsters will remain back-ups

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ youngsters will remain ‘back-ups’ as he plots building his squad. Eleven of the 26-man squad that travelled to China are from the club’s Academy, eight of which featured in the Premier League Asia Trophy final penalty shootout win against Manchester City. Morgan Gibbs-White, 19, started both games, while Dion Sanderson, Max Kilman, Hong Wan, Terry Taylor, Taylor Perry, Luke Cundle and Niall Ennis all got playing time in Asia coming off the bench. Wolves are still to sign a new player this summer after the loan-to-permanent arrivals of Leander Dendoncker and Raul Jimenez and Nuno…

Wolves target Cutrone weighing up his future

Wolves target Patrick Cutrone is said to be weighing up his future as he decides whether to leave AC Milan. The 21-year-old striker is understood to be considering his options as he ponders leaving Italy. Wolves are prepared to pay the asking price of around £22m for the one-capped Italy international and see him having a big, exciting future. Milan need to sell to free up funds as they are edging closer to agreeing a £48m move for Atletico Madrid attacker Angel Correa, according to various sources. Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo wants to add competition up front to…

Claire Elliott’s Wolves tour diary from China – Day 4

Day 4 It’s day four, so that must be why we are up at 4:30am. I’m now slightly regretting staying up so late with our friend Bish. We need to get a train from Beijing West. Beijing West is apparently one of the biggest train stations in Asia. We are off to Xi’an today. The taxi is quickly summoned and has us at Beijing West train station within half an hour. We have 90 minutes or thereabouts to find our train and pick up our tickets. If ever you decide to journey to China, I can heartily recommend China Diy…

Neves expecting Wolves full house for Europa League tie

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is expecting a Molineux full house to welcome in the Europa League this week. Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad are back in the UK after their successful trip to China which saw them beat Manchester City in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy 3-2 on penalties after the game ended 0-0. They host Crusaders on Thursday in the second qualifying round first leg on Thursday, and well over 20,000 tickets had been sold before they went on general sale. Armenian side Pyunik, or Czech outfit Jablonec lie in wait for the winners after Monday’s draw.…

Pep praises ‘incredible’ Wolves ahead of final

Pep Guardiola has praised Wolves as ‘incredible’ as Manchester City prepare to face them in the Premier League Asia Trophy final. Wolves meet City in Shanghai on Saturday after beating Newcastle 4-0 on Wednesday in the semi-final in Nanjing. City coach Guardiola is well aware of the threat Nuno Espirito Santo’s side present. The teams drew 1-1 at Molineux last season while Wolves’ excellent record against the top six helped them to seventh place. The Spaniard says his team will use the game to try to step up their match fitness. “We play against an opposition who did incredible last…

Wolves are ‘world class’ – Crusaders boss describes once-in-lifetime opportunity

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter believes Wolves have ‘world class players’ and described facing them as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’. The Northern Irish side will be at Molineux next Thursday for the Europa League second qualifying round first leg tie after beating Faroe Islanders B36 Torshavn 5-2 on aggregate. They will then host Nuno Espirito Santo’s side seven days later for the second leg at their 3,393-capacity Seaview ground in North Belfast. “You only get this opportunity once in a lifetime but we’ve fought to be there and now our fans will get the chance to see their players face a Premier…