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Traore: Portuguese ‘intel’ will help Wolves against Braga

Adama Traore believes Wolves’ Portuguese ‘intel’ will help them beat Braga. Wolves are still licking their wounds after their Chelsea thrashing but return to action in the Europa League on Thursday to kick off the group stages with the visit of a Portuguese side known to many in the Molineux camp. Wolves of course have a Portuguese head coach in Nuno Espirito Santo, plus five compatriots of his six backroom staff, while up to six Portuguese players could face Braga – Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Diogo Jota, Ruben Vinagre and Pedro Neto. Nuno was linked to the Braga…

Vallejo is up to speed and can be available for all Wolves games – Nuno

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists Jesus Vallejo is now up to speed and ready for the combined slog of Premier League and Europa League. The on-loan Real Madrid centre back only made his Premier League debut on Saturday and suffered something of a baptism of fire as Chelsea thrashed Wolves 5-2. Vallejo was partly at fault for two of the goals in a mixed performance on a day to forget for Nuno’s much-changed defence. Up until last weekend, the 22-year-old had only been used in three Europa League games and each with seven days between them. But he made…

Wolves former partner club FC Jumilla goes bust

Wolves’ recent partner club FC Jumilla have gone bust. Reports claim the club, based in south-east Spain, ceased trading after losing a court case against former captain Jorge Perona, who sued after they failed to pay social security costs following the termination of his contract in 2017. The Spanish club, who were founded in 2011 but relegated to Segunda División B Group 4 – the fourth tier – last season, took nine Wolves youngsters on loan last term before the partnership ended during the summer. Wolves chairman Jeff Shi later said it was a ‘pilot scheme’ for link ups with…

Wolves owners willing to sell 20 per cent of the club

Wolves owners Fosun are willing to sell part of the club in exchange for more investment to try to turn it into a super-power. It’s understood the Chinese investors value Wolves at £350m and are willing to sell up to 20 per cent of the club. That would mean a £70m stake is up for grabs. Fosun bought the club for £45m from Steve Morgan back in July 2016 and they have invested unprecedented amounts since. Around £228m has been spent on transfer fees alone, with the club record broken five times under them, the latest of which was the…

Nuno prescribes hard work remedy to cure Wolves’ ills

Nuno Espirito Santo has prescribed Wolves a hard work remedy to cure their defensive ills. Saturday’s 5-2 defeat at home to Chelsea means Wolves have shipped eight goals in their last two games. They are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season after going six top-flight matches without a victory to equal their worst run under Nuno. The loss was the biggest under the Portuguese and the club’s heaviest in three years, since a 4-0 reverse to Barnsley in September, 2016. Individual errors have accounted to huge parts in most of those eight goals conceded in…

Bennett’s axing down to ‘profile and shapes’ – Wolves boss Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo put his axing of Ryan Bennett down to ‘profile and shapes’ after Wolves crashed to a 5-2 defeat to Chelsea. Head coach Nuno dropped Bennett to hand Jesus Vallejo his Premier League debut as one of two changes to his back three with Willy Boly suspended but it all went wrong on the day the club celebrated 130 years of Molineux. Wolves suffered their biggest defeat under the Portuguese and their heaviest for three years. Tammy Abraham scored a hat-trick and Fikayo Tomori one as Wolves trailed 3-0 at the break then 4-0 before Romain Saiss and…

Wolves 2 Chelsea 5 analysis: Amid so many familiar faces, this was an unfamiliar Wolves display

Wolves 2 Chelsea 5 On a day when some of the most familiar names of the five decades returned to Molineux, Wolves produced a very unfamiliar performance as they were humiliated by Chelsea. Nuno Espirito Santo has built his Wolves team from solid foundations over the last 26 months. But the defence looked as robust as one of the dozens of paper aeroplanes that cascaded down from the South Bank in the second half. With unfortunate irony on a day when 130 years of footballing history was being celebrated at Molineux, Chelsea brought to an end a 15-match unbeaten home…

Wolves boss Nuno: ‘Lamps’ will be a success if he is given time

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo believes Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard will prove himself to be a successful manager if he is given the time. The two clash on Saturday when Nuno’s team takes on Lampard’s side at Molineux. Lampard, 41, is taking his early steps as a manager after returning to Stamford Bridge to replace Mauricio Sarri after a year in charge of Championship Derby. So far this season Chelsea have picked up five points from their first four games in the Premier League. The more experienced Nuno is still waiting for his first league win after three draws…

Wolves 7 Chelsea 1: McGarry was raging at us for not scoring 10 – Kindo

The Sun run a weekly feature where they pick a fixture from that weekend and look at a corresponding one from yesteryear. Today, as Wolves entertain Chelsea, Russell Lanning interviewed then Wolves record signing Steve Kindon on the 7-1 win against the Stamford Bridge side on March 15, 1975. ‘Kindo’ played for Burnley in two spells (1968-72/1977-79), Wolves (1972-77) and Huddersfield (1979-82). Here, he reflects on the match and a surprising verbal blast from the manager at the end…for not scoring more! The brilliant raconteur – now 68 – is on the after-dinner circuit and it’s easy to see why…

Line-up of Wolves greats parade revealed for big Molineux anniversary

Wolves will parade 10 of their highest appearance makers at the Chelsea game – and it’s a line-up to make fans’ mouths water. The club are planning a series of events to mark the 130th anniversary of Molineux for their return to Premier League action – and while Nuno Espirito Santo’s current side will wear special commemorative shirts to honour the occasion, it also promises to be a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane for supporters. Phil Parkes, Geoff Palmer, Derek Parkin, Mike Bailey, John McAlle and Kenny Hibbitt from the much-loved 1970s team and Andy Thompson, Steve Bull, Andy Mutch…