Tim Spiers has provided an update on Wolves and their pursuit of a new manager following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo.
Nuno’s time at the club was brought to an end this weekend, as the club announced on Friday that the Portuguese head coach would depart after their final game of the season against Manchester United, a game that ended in a 2-1 loss.
A number of names have had their names thrown into the mix to take over at Molineux, and speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s Ornstein and Chapman Podcast (18:25), Spiers suggested that there might be a culture change coming with the new appointment as they appear to be steering away from their relationship with football agent Jorge Mendes:
(18:21) “I think we may see a slight switch away from Mendes now and this massive focus on him in terms of recruitment and hiring managers.”
(19:04) “From what I’m told, it’s not just going to be Mendes presenting a list of three Portuguese managers who may or may not be out of work.
“There is going to be an actual managerial appointment and interview process here, and there are people they want to speak to and I’ve been told they’ve attracted some big names in the past 48 hours who’ve expressed an interest in the job. So hopefully, they’re going to look for the best man for the job here, not just the best Portuguese man, albeit, that’s what they may end up with anyway, but we’ll see.”
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Given that Wolves have for the most part gotten to where they are now because of the influence of Mendes, it certainly would be a pretty big deal if they decided not to use him in the same manner that they have done in the past, as it looks like the club could be on for a total reset in terms of culture and personnel. And if they do go down that road, then it does present an awfully big risk.
The club have got a good foundation based on the work of Mendes to get them here, in our view, so if they do want to change, then it should be minor tweaks rather than a total overhaul in culture, because if they deviate too much then they could end up dropping further and further back from where they have been in the past few seasons.