Nuno Espirito Santo’s contract is up next summer and questions about his future are beginning to build.
Yesterday when asked about his commitment, his answer wasn’t ambiguous and it was bound to play on the heartstrings of the fans who love him.
The Portuguese coach described the club as his “obsession”, stating that he doesn’t “think about anything else”.
While speaking at his pre-match press conference for the Leicester match, the manager said (via the Express and Star): “I have one more year in my contract, and this is what is more important. We have one more year of the contract. I signed it, and we are committed to it.
“Wolves is my obsession. It’s my life. I don’t think about anything else.
“I do whatever I can to help the team, the players. I’m talking to you and thinking about the game, honestly.
“I’m working on a daily basis. The future I think can be better for us as long as we keep the same philosophy, working day by day and together as a unit.
“A lot of people move and change their lives to come to Wolverhampton.
“That’s why I say it’s my life. I’m 100 per cent here and give everything I have to help my players and improve the club.”
Sure, this is music to the fans ears, but it doesn’t exactly say that he’s going to be signing a contract in the future.
Of course, this doesn’t imply that he won’t, but it’s not as if he has years to play with for the rest of his deal and it’s not as if he’s saying he’s going to sign a new one any time soon.
Nevertheless, it still comes across as a very genuine and emotional response to the question, which is likely to be appreciated by the Wanderers fan base.
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His day-by-day moto can also imply that he is not in any rush about considering his longer-term options at this stage, as he is entirely focussed on the here and now.
Still, though, he will be under no illusion about how well respected he is as a coach at the moment, and he is probably well aware that if Wolves carry on at the rate they are at the moment, then a very big move could soon be in the offing for him.
Whether this is impacting his decision to sign a longer deal at the club is unknown. But with just over a year left on his contract, there’s a good chance that other teams might look at that and think there is a window of opportunity there for potentially snapping him up in the near future.