The manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Nuno Espirito Santo visited Molineux, the home ground of Wolverhampton Wanderers for the first time in three months and he was given a pleasant welcome from the entrance of the stadium.
Recall that Nuno Espirito Santo spent four years of his managerial career at Wolves before he left the club after the end of the 2020-2021 season.
The Portuguese tactician coached Wolves from the Championship to the Premier League ahead of the 2018-2019 season. Coach Nuno Espirito Santo kept Wolves in the league until he was asked to go after last season.
Less than two months after his exit from Wolves, he was appointed the football manager at Tottenham Hotspur to the dismay of Spurs fans who wanted a more proven coach.
Before he led Tottenham Hotspur to Molineux on Sunday, August 23, his successor at Wolves, Bruno Lage, revealed that Wolves supporters would give Nuno Espirito Santo a warm welcome.
Lage said, “I think a big, big welcome to him, to his staff, because what he did here was amazing. We can feel it. I saw that from the Championship to the Premier League and to play in the Europa League, four amazing years, so I think the fans will give him a big welcome because they don’t forget what he did. But after the whistle they will support us, to help us to win the match.
“Before the whistle, the fans cannot forget what he did here, but after the whistle, I think they will stick behind me and my team because we are working hard to give them success and continue to bring success to the club.
“It’s a good feeling when you come to a place like Molineux, and Nuno will feel the love from the fans and the players because of the work he did here. But after the whistle, me, my players, and the fans want to beat Tottenham, not Nuno, Tottenham. We cannot forget that.”
Indeed, the Portuguese coach got a warm welcome and ran away from the stadium with a 1-0 victory, thanks to Dele Alli’s 10th-minute spot-kick.
On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur’s talisman, Harry Kane, got a little boo at the entrance of the stadium which is believed to be a result of his lukewarm attitude towards coach Nuno.
Recall that Kane failed to resume training as earlier as expected this summer in his effort to push the club to allow him to leave to a more “ambitious club”.
It took him over a week to resume and had to be sidelined ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City because of his lack of pre-season training.
After a series of back and forth, Kane was included in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad for the club’s second league game which was against Wolves on Sunday, August 22, 2021.
Unfortunately for him, he had to start from the bench. He came in for Son Heung-min in the 82nd minute when Tottenham Hotspur were already leading Wolves with a lone goal.
The 28-year-old England international could not make any impact in the game. He managed to try to delay the game towards the last minutes and got a yellow card for it in the additional one minute.
British Olympics Medalist Ben Whittaker was among the Wolves’ fans that gave Nuno Espirito Santo a warm welcome
British Olympics Medalist Ben Whittaker showed up at Molineux ahead of the Wolves vs Tottenham Hotspur Premier League game on Sunday.
Ben Whittaker is believed to be a big fan of Wolves and came to the stadium to also give the club’s former coach Nuno Espirito Santo a warm welcome.
The boxer won Silver in the just concluded Tokyo Olympic games after failing to beat Cuban Arlen Lopez in the Olympic light-heavyweight boxing final.
When he showed up at Molineux, he flaunted his silver medal to the admiration of Wolves fans in the premises of the stadium before the match kicked off.