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2020

‘Upset’ Wolves boss Nuno wants change to VAR and return of daylight rule

‘Upset’ Nuno Espirito Santo insists something needs to change with VAR after Wolves missed out on a goal in their 0-0 draw against Leicester – and he advocated a return to the ‘daylight’ rule. Willy Boly’s 44th-minute header was disallowed after Pedro Neto’s foot was offside in the build-up. Neto took a short corner, received a pass from Diogo Jota and crossed as he ran away from goal. Matt Doherty then headed the ball back to Boly to nod home. “Something has to be done,” said head coach Nuno. “When you have something and someone takes it away, you don’t…

Wolves fans chant ‘It’s not football any more’ after VAR hits them hard again

Wolves 0 Leicester City 0. Molineux was in meltdown as Wolves were again denied by VAR in their stalemate against Leicester City. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had their fourth effort of the season in the Premier League chalked off by the video assistant referee after Pedro Neto’s foot was ruled offside before Willy Boly nodded home in the 44th minute. Only Sheffield United with five have been foiled more times by the new ruling system. The marginal decision was extremely harsh, with Neto running away from goal when he crossed to Matt Doherty to head back to Boly after Neto…

Wolves boss Nuno: Mind the gap on Premier ‘Establishment’

Nuno Esprito Santo believes the days of the Premier League’s Establishment have been knocked for a Big Six. Wolves host Leicester on Friday night with both Midlands rivals in the mix for a Champions League place, while Sheffield United continue to shock everyone in fifth. Leicester have already rocked the established group by winning the title in 2016, while Wolves finished seventh last season in their first season back in the top flight. And despite Liverpool being 22 points clear, Wolves head coach Nuno believes the gap is much smaller than it used to between the so-called top clubs and…

Nuno on new contract and his commitment: ‘It’s my life…Wolves is my obsession’

Nuno Espirito Santo says he’s had no contact with Wolves over a contract extension and hasn’t thought about a new deal – but says the club is his ‘obsession’. The Molineux head coach has 16 months left on his three-year deal he extended by a year in 2018 to run to 2021. Clubs keen to keep players or their manager often negotiate new deals when they enter their final 18 months. Nuno, who it’s understood earns an estimated £3m a year, says there have been no discussions over any further extension to stay at the club he has helped transform…

Nuno believes Wolves’ future remains bright after Thelwell’s departure

Nuno Espirito Santo believes the long-term future of Wolves remains in good hands despite the departure of Kevin Thelwell. Wolves were rocked by the exit of Thelwell, who was sporting director, to New York Red Bulls just after the January transfer window shut. The loss of Thelwell, who had served the club for 11 and a half years, is the second major departure from Molineux in several months after managing director Laurie Dalrymple left last July. Dalrymple has not been replaced and his duties have been split between chairman Jeff Shi and marketing manager Russell Jones. Wolves are now actively…

Mourinho: Wolves in mix for top four after Podence boost

Jose Mourinho has re-iterated his claim that Wolves are contenders for a Champions League spot this season – because of the signing of Daniel Podence. Tottenham manager Mourinho believes Portuguese compatriot Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are rivals for a top-four spot in the Premier League, along with surprise packet Sheffield United. The newly-promoted Blades are fifth, two points below fourth-placed Chelsea and two clear of Mourinho’s Spurs. Wolves have dropped to ninth, on goal difference behind Manchester United, but six points off the top four, after Everton went seventh with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend. Nuno…

ICYMI: Wolves star Raul Jimenez to become a father – and wants to get wed

Wolves hotshot Raul Jimenez is to become a father, after he and his actress girlfriend Daniela Basso announced they are expecting their first child. The 28-year-old club record signing’s new arrival will be born this summer, and the pair, who are settled in Wolverhampton, are understandably delighted. The Mexico international, who has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season, said news that the couple are to become parents has given him an unexpected boost on the pitch. “Since I found out the good news in November, I’ve been scoring more goals,” said Jimenez, who has over 3.33m followers on…

Former Wolves defender McNamara ‘awake and talking’ after collapse

Former Wolves and Celtic defender Jackie McNamara is ‘awake and talking’ after collapsing near his home in York with a suspected bleed to the brain on Saturday night. The 46-year-old ex-full back is being treated at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, who say he’s in a ‘critical but stable condition’ in intensive care. A statement from the hospital read: “We can confirm Jackie McNamara was admitted to Hull Royal Infirmary on Sunday night and is currently being cared for in our intensive care Unit. He remains in a critical but stable condition. “We are supporting both Jackie and his…

Nuno hint on Campana joining Wolves’ first team: ‘He’s a good option’

Nuno Espirito Santo has hinted new Wolves signing Leanardo Campana could be involved with the first team soon. The 19-year-old Ecuador international was signed from SC Barcelona in his homeland for £300,000 compensation in the January transfer window. Campana was initially earmarked for the Under-23s squad along with fellow January arrivals Nigel Lonwijk, Enzo Loiodice and Justin Hubner. But he has quickly impressed the head coach and Nuno is happy to have him working with the senior squad to help his development. Portuguese youngsters Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao – who arrived in a joint £20m deal from Lazio in…