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Nuno: ‘We need to look at a lot of things’ – Burnley reaction

Nuno Espirito Santo admits Wolves must improve defensively after their 2-0 defeat to Burnley. The Clarets led within 90 seconds from Conor Coady’s third own goal of the season before Dwight O’Neil fired home the second in the 77th minute. Wolves were caught napping by O’Neil’s quickly-taken, deep free kick from which Chris Wood’s acutely-angled shot went in off Coady after hitting the post. “I’m disappointed because we started the game very badly,” said Wolves head coach Nuno. “We lost concentration and communication and then it became much more difficult for us. “When you concede a goal so early, the…

Wolves suffer international break curse again – match report

Burnley 2 Wolves 0 Below-par Wolves suffered their international break curse yet again as they were punished for a lacklustre performance by struggling Burnley. For the third time after returning from a break this season, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side lost as Burnley followed Watford and Huddersfield in putting them to the sword. Conor Coady’s unfortunate own goal just 90 seconds in, then one from 19-year-old Dwight McNeil in the 77th minute ended a four-match losing streak for the hosts. Wolves remain seventh in the Premier League on a goal difference of one ahead of Leicester, who beat Bournemouth 2-0. Despite…

Nuno insists it’s ‘game on’ for trust over hotel wifi

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists trust is the key to keeping the wi-fi on at team hotels after stories of players gaming until the early hours. Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says he has blocked the internet connection on overnight stays to prevent his squad from playing ‘addictive’ video games. But head coach Nuno says he will not be taking such drastic action, instead trusting his players to turn off their devices at reasonable hour to go to sleep. “What can I do? I have three children! It’s normal! It’s something that you cannot forbid,” said the Portuguese. “All you…

Nuno on Chelsea link: I have ‘total dedication’ to Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo insists he has ‘total dedication’ to his task at Wolves and claimed he has had no interest from Chelsea. The Molineux head coach however sidestepped questions on his long-term future after being linked as a possible successor to Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, who is under pressure to keep his job at Stamford Bridge. The 45-year-old Portuguese’s star is rising after steering Wolves to the Championship title before helping them to seventh position and the FA Cup semi-finals this year. Nuno, who has previously led Porto and Valencia into the Champions League, has turned down approaches from Arsenal…

Nuno: Burnley Euro burnout no issue for Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Burnley’s ‘burnout’ is not a concern for Europa League chasing Wolves. Wolves go to Turf Moor tomorrow to face a team that finished seventh last season, the same position Nuno’s side occupy now. If Wolves finish seventh and either they or Manchester City win the FA Cup, Nuno’s side will qualify for the Europa League. Burnley have since been fighting a relegation battle this season and are currently fourth from bottom, two points above the drop zone but having played a game more than Cardiff a place below. Nuno has built Wolves’ success around having a…

Wolves boss Nuno: All parties to decide on Raul deal

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo today declared all the parties still have to come together to rubberstamp the permanent signing of Raul Jimenez. Jimenez seems set to join Wolves in a deal worth an initial £25m, rising to £30m to turn his loan from Benfica into a permanent deal. An announcement could come before the end of the season, but for now, Nuno says there is nothing imminent on the 15-goal top scorer. “I know we have to make a decision. But the right moment will be the moment that will involve all the parts and then we will announce…

Opposition watch: Burnley injury doubt for Wolves clash

Burnley have a doubt over Johann Berg Gudmundsson after welcoming back eight players from international duty prior to Wolves’ visit tomorrow. The 28-year-old winger returned to the Clarets’ Barnfield Training Centre early after missing Iceland’s midweek defeat to France because of a minor calf injury. “We have to monitor the fact he missed some training and missed the game,” said Burnley boss Sean Dyche. “We looked at him. He was on the grass, but we will have to make a call on that.” Dyche believes Aaron Lennon has a chance of playing again this season after undergoing knee surgery back…

Ryan Bennett helps The Voice singer to Wembley

A star of The Voice UK who is a Wolves fan is to sing at Wembley after all – courtesy of star defender Ryan Bennett. Rue Jay, who owns Vivid Ink tattoo and piercings studio, was giving Bennett, 29, his latest inking and mentioned his friend Jason Jones, who reached the semi-final of the hit ITV show in 2017, had missed out on a seat for the FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley on April 7. Wolves’ allocation of 33,000 tickets were sold in five days to season ticket holders and members. So Jay, who has branches in Sutton…

Raul set to join Wolves for £30m – story

Raul Jimenez is on the brink of joining Wolves in a club record permanent deal that could eventually be worth £30m, according to the Daily Telegraph. A report tonight says talks between Wolves owners Fosun and Jimenez’s club Benfica have stepped up rapidly in recent weeks and that a deal for the 27-year-old, who is Wolves’ 15-goal top scorer, is now close, with confirmation expected at the end of the season. The fee agreed for the Mexico international is said to be around £25m, with another £5m in add-ons, which would shatter the current club record, £18m for Adama Traore…

Nuno: ‘Uncle Jorge’ told me to come to Wolves

Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed super agent Jorge Mendes persuaded him to join Wolves because of the club’s ambition. Nuno has transformed Wolves since his appointment in May 2017, winning the Championship title in his first season before steering them to seventh place in the Premier League and the FA Cup semi-final. His stunning success has led to the 45-year-old being linked with the Chelsea manager’s job, while he has turned down Arsenal and Everton through Mendes – known affectionately as ‘Uncle Jorge’ by Wolves fans – since coming to Molineux. Nuno was Mendes’s first client and the head coach…