Nuno Espirito Santo Profile

Name Nuno Espirito Santo
Short Name Nuno
Born Jan 25, 1974
Age 47 years
Birthplace Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe
Height 6ft 2ins

After leading Wolves back to the top flight of English soccer, and establishing them as a consistent Premier League side, Nuno is now looking for his next chapter.

As a player, Nuno's career started in Portugal, where he became now-superagent Jorge Mendes' first client back in 1996.

Nuno then had a stint in Spain before transferring to Porto where he was coached by Jose Mourinho, who he says "taught him to win".

But despite enjoying success as a player, Nuno is best known for his recent achievements as a coach. His managerial career took a similar path to his playing days, starting at Portugal before experiencing a stint in Spain.

However, after failing to stamp his authority at former club Porto, Nuno took charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Portuguese guided the English Championship club back to the top flight and they are now an established Premier League side.

After four years at the club, Nuno announced he was leaving Wolves by mutual consent at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Playing career

Hailing from the small Portuguese island of Sao Tome off the coast of Africa, Nuno's rise is an extraordinary one.

Plying his trade as a goalkeeper, Nuno started his career at Portuguese side Vitoria SC, where he battled for the first-choice spot with Neno.

In 1996, Nuno met a Portuguese nightclub owner named Jorge Mendes, agreeing to become his first client.

Mendes has since gone on to become a 'superagent', with a client portfolio that includes global superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose MourinhoRuben Dias and Diego Costa.

After signing with Mendes, he brokered a £1million transfer of Nuno to La Liga's Deportivo, where Nuno spent six seasons. However, he spent three out on loan and, when at the club, struggled to establish himself as a regular starter.

In 2002, Nuno transferred to Porto for £3million, where he would play under Mourinho. Nuno was largely used as a back-up goalkeeper, but in a 2003 Taca de Portugal game, Nuno started and converted a penalty in Porto's 7-0 drubbing of Varzim SC.

Nuno won the Champions League with Porto in 2004, despite being an unused substitute in the final against Monaco.

The following season, Nuno was transferred to the Russian Premier League to play for FC Dynamo Moscow, but after just 11 appearances he moved back to Portugal, signing for CD Aves.

For Aves, Nuno made 15 appearances in the back end of the 2006/07 season which saw the Portuguese side relegated from the Primeira Liga.

Nuno then saw out the end of his career back at Porto, where he was widely considered by fans to be a leader of the squad despite him largely being used as a back-up goalkeeper.

After three more years at his beloved Porto, Nuno retired from playing in 2010.

Becoming a manager - success in Spain

Following Nuno's retirement from playing, he wasted no time in joining back up with former Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira at Malaga, where he took on the goalkeeping coaching.

In 2012, Nuno took charge of his first job as head coach at Rio Ave. Nuno's time at the Portuguese club was hugely successful, and in his second season he led them to two domestic finals and the club's first ever qualification to the Europa League.

After two seasons at Rio Ave, Nuno replaced Juan Antonio Pizzi as the manager of Spanish side Valencia. Nuno's first season resulted in a fourth-placed finish rewarding him with a contract extension.

However, after a poor start to Valencia's 2015/16 season in both La Liga and the Champions League, Nuno resigned in the November.

Return to Porto

After his Valencia exit, Nuno was appointed head coach of former club Porto, replacing Jose Peseiro.

After initially signing a two-year contract with the club, Nuno's trophyless first season at the club was enough to see him relieved of his duties in May 2017.

Despite just six losses in his 49 games, letting the league title slip to arch-rivals Benfica was the final nail in the coffin for Nuno. This followed on from a shock penalty shootout defeat to Chaves in the Taca de Portugal.

Leading the wolf pack

Just nine days after his dismissal at Porto, Nuno agreed to take charge of English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, a club with close links to his agent Mendes.

Nuno had an instant impact, winning manager of the month in the November after his Wolves side won all four games, scoring 13 goals in the process.

In his first season, Nuno ended Wolves' six-year absence from the Premier League, winning the Championship title with two games to spare and amassing 99 points while doing so.

Following their promotion, Nuno was awarded a contract extension, tying him to the club until 2021.

In his first season in the Premier League, Nuno's Wolves side were considered the dark horses of the campaign, finishing a very respectable seventh and qualifying for the Europa League for the first time since 1981.

Even more impressively, Nuno's remained consistent in his second season in the top flight, replicating Wolves' seventh-placed finish while also leading them to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

In the 2020/21 season, Wolves struggled to recreate their form of previous seasons, struggling with injuries, including a major head injury suffered by striker Raul Jiminez.

After a less than convincing league campaign left Wolves 13th in the table, the club announced that Nuno would be leaving Molineux at the end of the season by mutual consent.

The news broke ahead of the penultimate game of the season, allowing fans to pay their respects at home to Manchester United - the first game in which fans were allowed to attend following COVID-19 measures.

Since resigning from Wolves, Nuno has been linked to a number of managerial vacancies including Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Personal life

Born on the small island of Sao Tome and Principe, Nuno first moved to Portugal with his parents aged 10.

He is married to his wife named Sandra, and has three children - a son and two daughters.

Net worth

According to the Daily Star, Nuno earned £3million a year since his contract extension at Wolves in 2018.

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