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The man who guided Porto to the 2016-17 Champions League knockout stages is Wolves' new boss

Nuno Espirito Santo is the fourth manager to work under the club’s Chinese owners in just 10 months

 Nuno Espirito Santo previously managed Porto.
Nuno Espirito Santo previously managed Porto.
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB WOLVES appointed former Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager on Wednesday.

Espirito Santo is the fourth manager to work under Wolves’ Chinese owners in just 10 months following the departure of Paul Lambert on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old former goalkeeper recently parted company with Porto after failing to win a trophy with the Portuguese side, but Wolves’ owners Fosun hope he can lead them into the Premier League next season.

I first got to know Nuno two years ago, and, at that time, we hadn’t taken over Wolves,” Wolves director Jeff Shi said.

“When talking to him, I was impressed by his football tactics.

“Since the very beginning of the Wolves project, Fosun has been very clear on our strategic thinking and philosophy, and has huge ambition and confidence to achieve our goals.

“In a sense, we are very glad to find Nuno with a football philosophy that is similar to ours.

He has an impressive track record in the top divisions in Spain and Portugal, and took Porto to the knockout stages of the Champions League last season.”

Espirito Santo started his managerial career at Rio Ave and led the Portuguese club into the Europa League for the first time.

The Portuguese coach also guided Valencia to a fourth place finish in La Liga before he resigned in November 2015.

Lambert left Molineux on Tuesday after only seven months in charge amid reports of a disagreement over who would have the final say on signings.

The highpoint of Lambert’s reign was a shock FA Cup win at Liverpool, but Wolves struggled in the second tier and finished 15th in the table.

© – AFP, 2017

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