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Leader of the pack: Nuno Santo

OUTSTANDING WORK: Nuno Espírito Santo is only the second black manager to get their team promoted to the top flight

WOLVES BOSS Nuno Espírito Santo hopes that his players can roar in the Premier League.

Espírito Santo presided over a wonderful 2017-18 season that saw the club score 99 points and top the Championship.

In so doing, he became only the second black manager to get a team promoted to the top flight.

Wolves have made a more than decent start to life among the big boys, with a draw against champions Manchester City. They followed that up with a first win in the division after a 1-0 success against West Ham at London Stadium.

The team from the Midlands are already playing with an eye-catching swagger, and the Wolves manager was delighted after the win in east London. “The attitude from the boys from the beginning to the end was good. It feels good,” he added.

“Even if we didn’t win I would be happy because we worked hard. We are happy and for our fans, it’s massive, to come here and get three points.

“It means more for our fans. The way they travel, the way they celebrated at the end – of course it’s special, because it was a tough game.

“It’s one step more in the way we want to go.”

Santo, 44, was recognised for his work in June, when he was named on the prestigious Football Black List, which highlights the outstanding work in football by the black and minority ethnic community in the United Kingdom.

Born in Sao Tome, the Molineux manager added:

“Now we have an international break. The boys in their national teams go and the way we worked, this is our reference point for when we come back. “Now is the moment to look at the first few games, the way we started and the way we prepared in pre-season.

“The things we are doing means the work was well done but we still have to improve.

“Now, let’s work hard on other aspects of our game.”

During his own playing career, Santo first made a name for himself in Spain, playing for three teams in five years.

He later represented Porto in his native country, and also played professionally in Russia; he was part of the Portuguese squad at Euro 2008, but never won a cap for the national team.

Santo became a manager only six years ago.

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