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December 11, 2019

Nuno admits he will ring the changes for Wolves – starting with these two

Nuno Espirito Santo admits he will ring the changes for Wolves against Besiktas. Wolves host the Turkish side in their final Europa League group game on Thursday night at Molineux. Head coach Nuno revealed goalkeeper John Ruddy and left wing back Ruben Vinagre will start, while striker Raul Jimenez is suspended. Centre backs Jesus Vallejo, Ryan Bennett and Max Kilman, right wing back Oskar Buur Rasmussen, midfielder Taylor Perry and forwards Patrick Cutrone, Pedro Neto and Chem Campbell could also feature, while Romain Saiss could keep his place to add some experience. Besiktas, who can’t qualify for the round of…

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…