Nuno Espirito Santo



Having become a highly regarded football coach in such a short time, Nuno Espírito Santo is currently manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League.
Known simply as Nuno during his playing career as a goalkeeper, he first made a name for himself in Spain, playing for three teams in five years. He later returned to his home country of Portugal to sign for Porto and he was part of the national squad at Euro 2008. He also played in Russia for Dynamo Moscow.
After calling time on his playing career in 2010, he rejoined his former Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira as a goalkeeping coach, first at Malaga and then at Panathinaikos.
Becoming a manager in his own right, Espírito Santo took over at Portuguese club, Rio Ave, in May 2012. In his second season in charge, he took the team to the final of both the Taça de Portugal and the Taça da Liga, finishing both cup competitions as runners up to Benfica and qualifying for the Europa League for the first time in the club’s history.
Success at Rio Ave brought about a move to Spanish giants Valencia. He led the club to a fourth place finish in his first season and was named La Liga Manager of the Month three times.
Moving to Porto in June 2016, he finished second in the league before leaving the club and relocating to England, where he was named manager of EFL Championship side, Wolverhampton Wanderers. In his first season he led the club to the Premier League after a six-year absence, achieving promotion with four matches remaining and being confirmed as champions with two games to spare.
In recognition of this achievement, he was voted LMA Championship Manager of the Year. And after just his second month leading Wolves in the top division, he was also named Premier League Manager of the Month. It was the first time that a Wolverhampton Wanderers manager had secured the award.