THERE IS a quiet storm taking place in the West Midlands. Wolves, managed by the only black manager in the Premier League, are without question moving in the right direction, writes the Voice of Sport from Molineux.
Born in Sao Tome, the capital and largest city of the Central African island country of São Tomé and Príncipe, Nuno Espírito Santo is slowly but surely ensuring that his club are gaining a reputation at home and abroad.
The regulation 3-0 success over relegation favourites, Norwich City, confirmed the class and professionalism being built at the impressive Molineux Stadium.
A brace of goals by livewire Diogo Jota and Raul Jiminez delighted the old goal faithful and all this after a sensational thumping of Espanyol on Thursday night in the Europa League., a competition which some observers believe that Nuno’s men can win.
Nuno revealed his philosophy when he said post -match: “The most thing important is the belief. The result is what we see after, but the way we acted was very good.
“We played Thursday, with only one player (changed), so the energy was required, and the team showed it, so it’s good.”
On seeing off hapless Norwich, he added: “It was good. We managed the game very well. We were always in control.
“Of course, the goals made it easier to stay organised. We blocked Norwich, they didn’t create too many chances, and we were clinical.
“Even in the first-half, Norwich is a good team, with a lot of combinations to block, that allowed us to recover the ball, and go past. Of course, three goals, more possession, staying in shape, always with the danger of not conceding. Clean sheet, everything starts there, so let’s keep on going.”
It has been clear since Wolves returned to the top flight that camaraderie is key. “It’s about being a team – having the team ready to compete whenever, wherever, that’s the idea,” said Nuno.