Nuno Espirito Santo 2.0 divides opinion but Wolves now have time on their side
He could easily have been the elephant in the room.
Instead, Nuno Espirito Santo’s name was barely heard inside Molineux as Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 on Saturday, finally finding a goal and a victory.
That will suit the Wolves hierarchy just fine as they continue their search for a successor to Bruno Lage.
It’s not that Jeff Shi, Scott Sellars and the other senior club officials who will have an input into selecting Lage’s replacement are dead against a reunion with Nuno, the coach who led Wolves to their greatest period of success in several generations.
But they will welcome the opportunity that this win presents them with.
It affords them time to consider the range of contenders on their shortlist without the pressure of a baying section of supporters to bring back Nuno.
The club’s Championship-winning, Europe-qualifying, memories-making memories-making former manager is very much in the frame as Shi and co weigh up the pros and cons of contenders to lead the club into the next chapter of Fosun’s ownership.
But so are others whose names have yet to leak out to journalists or supporters.
Ruben Neves’ emphatic penalty just before the hour and Jose Sa’s superb save from a Brennan Johnson spot-kick with 10 minutes of normal time to go gave the decision-makers this time, but it could so easily have been different.