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2019

Eves: Wolves believe they can be kings of Europe

Wolves’ last goalscorer in Europe reckons the club believe they can one day go all the way to Champions League glory. Mel Eves, whose goal gave Wolves a 1-0 win over PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup in October 1980, is convinced the team’s entry to the Europa League is just the start for his former club. Wolves qualified for the competition after Manchester City won the FA Cup by thrashing Watford 6-0 on Saturday, granting a place to the seventh-placed team in the Premier League as City are already in the Champions League from winning the title. Nuno Espirito…

Wolves drop contract hint on Moutinho

Wolves have hinted they want to extend the contract of player of the year Joao Moutinho. Managing director Laurie Dalrymple believes the 32-year-old midfielder has many years left at the top and wants them to be at Molineux, where he has been an inspiration and got the fans’ vote this week. Moutinho has just over 12 months left on his contract having signed a two-year deal last summer when he arrived from Monaco. The 114-capped Portugal international has since been hailed as one of the bargains of the season after arriving for £5m, and Dalrymple says they want him to…

Wolves to keep small squad if they qualify for Europa League

Wolves will continue with a small squad if they qualify for the Europa League on Saturday – and look set to play their kids in Europe. Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad could face at least six extra matches should Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final this weekend and grant the club European football for the first time in 39 years. They will start their Europa League campaign on July 25 – just six days after playing in the Premier League Asia Trophy in China. Wolves used just 19 players this season before the last-minute introduction of youngsters Will…

Wolves goalkeeping coach sent to Coventry

Wolves have announced Under-23 goalkeeper coach Aled Williams has joined League One side Coventry City as head of goalkeeping. The 35-year-old was part of the coaching staff which helped Wolves Under-23s become Premier League 2 Division 2 champions this season. He will now join Mark Robins’ staff at the Sky Blues to pursue his aim of coaching at first-team level. Wolves’ head of academy, Scott Sellars, said: “Aled has played a huge role in the Under-23s’ success this season. “We thank him greatly for his service to Wolves and wish him all the best as he takes an opportunity to…

Parkes – I hope Coady breaks my Wolves record, but I doubt it!

Wolves favourite Phil Parkes hopes his appearance record goes to Conor Coady – but believes the Molineux captain will struggle to overtake his milestone. Coady is the only player in the country to have played every minute of every Premier League game in 2018-19. The 26-year-old sweeper has totted up an impressive 73 consecutive League outings in gold and black, and 65 in league and cup. Goalkeeper Parkes holds the record for consecutive appearances for the club with 171 in all competitions, and 123 in the League, set between September 1970 and September 1973. Coady therefore needs to play another…

Standing to be allowed on Wolves’ South Bank again

Wolves’ famous South Bank is to return to a ‘standing terrace’ for next season for the first time in 26 years. All seats in the South Bank will be replaced with a barrier seating solution as Wolves are set to become the first Premier League club to install seats incorporating barriers in an existing stadium. It means fans in the most vocal part of Molineux can ‘officially’ stand again in the section of the ground where it has proved the trickiest to keep supporters seated. Managing director Laurie Dalrymple said: “After consultation with South Bank season ticket holders and discussions…

Shi: Wolves to continue ‘try before buy’ if they can

Chairman Jeff Shi says Wolves will continue their ‘try before you buy’ policy if it’s the right deal for them. Wolves have enjoyed huge success with loan deals that have turned into permanent signings over the last two years, as well as helping with Financial Fair Play. Willy Boly, Diogo Jota, Raul Jimenez, Leander Dendoncker, Jonny Otto and Ruben Vinagre are the six biggest examples of temporary signings impressing before signing for the club full-time. Jota was the club’s 18-goal top scorer last season when Wolves raced to the Championship title before signing for £14m from Atletico Madrid last summer,…

Wolves end of season award winners in full

Wolves celebrated their best season for nearly 40 years with their big-name players dominating the awards. Joao Moutinho was voted player of the season, and Raul Jimenez was players’ player of the season and top goalscorer, as revealed at the club’s glitzy end-of-season awards night at Telford International Centre. Diogo Jota won the ‘goal of the season’ for his superb team goal in the 2-0 win against Cardiff at home. Ruben Vinagre was voted young professional of the year and left-sided centre back Lewis Richards, a first-year scholar, is the Academy player of the year. Jimenez and Jota were also…

Jeff Shi: Wolves will compete with the best for top stars this summer

Ambitious Wolves will ‘compete with the best teams’ to strengthen their squad this summer – and they will be more attractive to the top players. That’s the opinion of chairman Jeff Shi in a statement issued on the club’s website before the end of the season awards at Telford International Centre this evening. Shi also claims head coach Nuno Espirito Santo will be looking to recruit better players than before. That will truly whet the appetite of Wolves fans already pinching themselves at the season they have just witnessed after finishing seventh, the club’s best placing for 39 years. “I…

Still work to be done for Wolves players – Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits the end of the season won’t be a time for his players to down tools totally. The Premier League season finished on Sunday with Wolves signing off with a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield to finish seventh, the club’s highest placing for 39 years when they were sixth. But there will not be much time to rest as the club’s sizeable international contingent will be involved in various tournaments over the summer. There’s likely to be 10 players called up to play for their countries next month. Head coach Nuno said: “We never…