It was a whirlwind of emotions for Wolves fans when Nuno Espirito Santo left the club just days before their final game of last season against Manchester United, and Wolves legend Steve Bull has revealed that the Portuguese manager was relieved to be leaving.
Wolves managed back-to-back seventh-place finishes in their first two seasons back in the Premier League, but a combination of injuries and style of play not changing into the third campaign saw them finish in a disappointing 13th.
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Nuno was eventually replaced with Bruno Lage who looks set to bring about a fresh set of ideas into an undoubtedly talented group of players as it just appeared that Nuno’s methods and style of play may have become a bit stale at Molineux.
Nuno was idolised at Wolves for what he achieved and how he helped get the club back into the Premier League as well as his work away from the pitch helping the community, but Wolves legend Bull has revealed what his last words were when he saw him at the training ground, as he exclusively told This is Futbol:
“I went down to the training ground and he was sat on the balcony so I shook his hand and we spent a good five minutes chatting, and I said to him that I just want to thank you for everything you’ve done for this club over the last four years and getting us to where we are now is absolutely unbelievable.
“At the end of the conversation, he looked at me and said ‘I’m relieved’. That’s all he said to me, I’m relieved.”
Wolves fans will always be indebted to Nuno for how he got them out of the wilderness of the Championship and back into the promised land of the Premier League and guiding them to a Europa League spot in their first season back.
He managed to bring in players such as Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio and Pedro Neto to the club, something Wolves fans would have only dreamt about before he arrived.