Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has claimed that Wolverhampton Wanderers counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo “has conditions” for somewhere “bigger” than the Wolves job – and hopes it will happen one day (Football London).
The Wolves head coach has been a sensation since arriving at Molineux in 2017, leading the club to the Championship title and into the Premier League, finishing seventh last season and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.
This term, after a shaky start, Wolves are doing superbly once again, currently in the top half of the Premier League table and just five points off the top four, while also in the last 16 of the Europa League, where they will take on Olympiakos.
On Sunday, Spurs host Wolves at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and Mourinho was full of praise for his compatriot and former player, the two lifting the Champions League trophy when their Porto side triumphed in 2004.
“I think he was a good keeper, but I think he’s a very good coach,” Mourinho told Football London at his pre-match press conference. “So I really think that he’s doing fantastic work.
“We are in a generation where sometimes coaches get jobs and nobody knows why. In this case it’s just about his work.
“Work and work and work and prove how good he is and prove that in my opinion, I hope the Wolves fans and board forgive me, but I think he has conditions for bigger and I hope one day the bigger comes because he is doing fantastic work.”
Mourinho’s comments about Nuno being good enough for a “bigger” job than Wolves, not to mention hoping one such job comes up for him, may be paying tribute to his former player, but they’re not likely to down well with the Old Gold faithful.
Wolves have been nothing short of sensational on and off the pitch over the past few years and, under Nuno, have developed into a swashbuckling, exciting and successful team.
Last season, Wolves reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and qualified for Europe, while this season, they are once again with a great shout of a European finish in the league and in the last 16 of the Europa League.
Were Wolves to finish in the top four, or even win the Europa League – also qualifying for the Champions League in the process – why would Nuno want to leave in that case?