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December 2019

Nuno on Raul: ‘Every day of his life is dedicated to Wolves’

Nuno Espirito Santo believes there is nothing wrong with Raul Jimenez having ambitions to return to Spain – but insists the striker’s life is dedicated to Wolves. The 15-goal top scorer, who once played for Atletico Madrid, was quoted in Spanish newspaper Marca this week saying he would consider going back to Spain. But Wolves head coach Nuno is relaxed with the comments of the £32.6m club record signing, happy with the work he is doing. Asked if Jimenez could achieve his ambitions at Molineux, Nuno said: “Our ambitions are built on the present, on a daily basis. “What he…

Wolves make academy appointment with Sunderland arrival

Wolves have added to their youth talent scouting staff with the arrival of John Tweedy from Sunderland. Tweedy, who was head of academy recruitment for Sunderland, has been appointed North Academy Scouting Co-Ordinator at Wolves, having worked for the Wearsiders since April 2011 before leaving last month. Tweedy’s exit is one of two from Sunderland’s Academy of Light. Paul Midgley has joined Leeds United after a two-year spell as recruitment lead. The Black Cats are hoping to announce new appointments imminently.

Ex-Wolves favourite Cook admits to his toughest time as boss as WBA loom

Ex-Wolves midfielder Paul Cook admits he’s going through the toughest spell as a manager – but is convinced he and Wigan will come out the other side. Wigan host West Brom on Wednesday night looking to move out of the Championship’s bottom three after eight games without a win. Goals are a problem, with Wigan the joint lowest scorers in the division with 18 and defender Cheyenne Duckley their top scorer with five. And the 52-year-old Latics boss admits it’s been a real learning curve after a generally successful time in management to date. Cook led Chesterfield and Portsmouth to…

Former Wolves boss Barnwell pays tribute to managers Saunders and Smith

Former Wolves boss John Barnwell has paid tribute to two Midlands managerial icons who have sadly passed away. Ron Saunders, who died last week at 87 and Jim Smith – who passed away on Tuesday, aged 79 – regularly managed teams against Wolves in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as signing and selling past and future Molineux favourites. Within months of being the losing manager when Wolves beat Manchester City 2-1 to lift the League Cup in 1974, Saunders arrived at Aston Villa and in eight years took them from the Second Division to League champions and…

Kennedy: I turned to help after ‘hating football’ for a time at Wolves

Mark Kennedy has revealed how he turned to the help of psychology after he ‘hated football’ for a time at Wolves as a player. The 44-year-old is currently back at Molineux as caretaker Under-23s coach and is enjoying his return to the club he graced for during five years from 2001-06. Former left winger Kennedy memorably helped Wolves into the Premier League for the first time, scoring in the Championship play-off final 3-0 win against Sheffield United in 2003. But it wasn’t all success and happiness during his time at the club and the former Ireland wideman revealed he went…

Wolves striker Rafa Mir could return to Spain in January

Wolves striker Rafa Mir is being linked with a January move back to Spain with Real Zaragoza. The 22-year-old forward is currently on loan at Nottingham Forest but has failed to score in 13 appearances for the Championship side and has been criticised by Forest fans on social media. Last Saturday at Millwall, he was taken off by manager Sabri Lamouchi just after the hour and his replacement Lewis Grabban scored both goals as they drew 2-2. The Millwall game was one of only two league games Mir has started since arriving at the City Ground in the summer. His…

Comment: Tim Nash sees Wolves making these changes for Besiktas tie

With Wolves already qualified for the group stages of the Europa League, and with a resurgent Tottenham looming on Sunday, it would be no surprise to see key players rested for Thursday’s final group game. Besiktas can’t qualify for the knockout stages, while Wolves can top group K with the combination of a win and a victory for Slovan Bratislava at home to leaders Braga. The advantage of winning the group would allow Wolves to play their home leg second in the round of 32, the draw of which will be made next Monday, December 16, at 1pm. Head coach…

Former Wolves striker Afobe messages thanks for support after tragedy

Former Wolves striker Benik Afobe has sent a heartfelt message of thanks for the support he has received after the tragedy of losing his two-year-old daughter. Amora died on Friday, November 29 after suffering serious complications when she was admitted to hospital with a severe infection. Afobe, 26, who is on a season-long loan at Bristol City from Stoke City, has been touched by the outpouring of love and affection from the football world. The former AFC Bournemouth and Milton Keynes forward said he had removed private settings on Instagram to make a public statement following the show of support.…

Wolves hero Raul admits he could be tempted by big move to Spain one day

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has admitted he wouldn’t be fazed by the possibility of a huge move to Spain one day – but insists he is happy at Molineux. Jimenez has gone from strength to strength since he moved to England and has scored 15 goals in 27 games this season, making the club record £32.6m fee Wolves paid Benfica for him last July look like a bargain. The 28-year-old Mexico international has had a sensational 2019 – he has been involved in 48 goals, netting 33 times and providing 15 assists, while he helped his country win the Gold…

Wolves defender unfazed by Leicester speculation as striker returns to training

Wolves defender Cameron John insists his focus is on playing for loan club Doncaster in response to speculation on his future – as team-mate Niall Ennis returned to training after injury. Centre back John, 20, who is on a season-long loan at Rovers, has been linked with Leicester, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough after impressing in League One. John made his first league appearance for Rovers in 11 weeks when he scored a late equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with MK Dons after recovering from an ankle injury. That was his third goal in 10 games for the Keepmoat club, and…