Nuno Espirito Santo was reportedly told he was being let go by Wolves before their loss to Everton last Wednesday, but his players were not informed of the decision.
It was announced yesterday that the Portuguese manager’s largely successful spell at Molineux would be coming to an end after Sunday’s visit of Manchester United.
The Midlands club have achieved some remarkable things under Nuno, setting a new club record for the most amount of points gained in the Championship in his first season.
They then finished seventh in their first season back in the top-flight, the first newly promoted side to claim such a high position since Ipswich in 2001.
That was enough to send them into the Europa League, with Nuno leading his men into the quarter-finals of the competition as well as claiming a second successive seventh-place finish.
But that success has not continued this season, with Wolves currently lying 12 th in the Premier League having lost 16 games and scored just 35 goals.
That downturn in form, with the style of play also grating on fans, led to Wolves announcing he would be leaving by mutual consent at the close of the campaign.
But while many were shocked by the statement, it appears to be something that Nuno saw coming, with The Sun reporting he was told he would be leaving at a meeting six days ago.
That meant he knew he would be departing before he took his side to Goodison Park, where a header from Richarlison saw them fall to defeat.
It is also stated that only his closest allies at the club knew of the decision, with his players only told on Thursday at the traditional pre-match meeting at the training ground.
While he has given no clues about what the future holds, it is believed that he will take the summer away from football to enjoy some family time, having been kept apart from them due to the pandemic.
But while he is departing, the Portuguese is looking forward to seeing supporters return to Molineux tomorrow.
“Sunday will be a very emotional day but I am so happy that the fans will be back in Molineux and we can share one last special moment together, as one pack,” he said.
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