Sky Sports pundit Danny Mills has tipped Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea if given the opportunity.
The Portuguese manager, who joined Wolves in May 2017, took the club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and is now on Chelsea’s six-man shortlist to become their next manager, according to The Express.
He guided Wanderers to a FA Cup semi-final and Europa League spot last season against the odds, in his first year as a top-flight manager.
However, his success has not gone unseen and has brought the attention of other clubs.
“Is Chelsea a step up from Wolves?” Mills said to Football Insider. “Yes it is. Would Nuno take the job if offered it? Yes he would. I can see him going there if Chelsea offer it to him.
“Wolves are exciting and Nuno has done an outstanding job there. But there are not too many times you get offered a job like the Chelsea one.
“Nuno will see Chelsea as a very attractive football club. I know there is a transfer ban and Eden Hazard has been sold, but there is still an exceptional squad of players at the club.”
Nuno did remarkably well to secure a seventh-place finish last season, but the Portuguese manager will find it even tougher to repeat the feat while he manages European football on a Thursday night and domestic football on Sunday. Wolves will need to bolster their squad in order to do this and Nuno is definitely the right man for the job, but we think Mills is right – could he really turn down a move to Chelsea if the job was offered to him? It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and although it might have come about one year early, Nuno would be a brave man to turn it down. Chelsea might have lost their best player, Eden Hazard, and are currently subject to a transfer ban, but they’re in the Champions League and it’s the perfect time to make the job his own. Wolves fans would hate it but they certainly wouldn’t be able to blame him if they were honest with themselves.