Wolves appoint former Porto coach Santo as new manager

Wolves have now turned to Nuno Espirito Santo, who was most recently manager of FC Porto.

Wolves' new Chinese owners Fosun are believed to have lined up a new manager, reported to be former Porto boss and ex-goalkeeper Nuno Espirito Santo.

Paul Lambert has left Wolves by mutual consent, the Championship club announced on Tuesday.

"I first got to know Nuno two years ago and at that time we hadn't taken over Wolves", Wolves director Jeff Shi said in a statement.

"Although it is disappointing to be leaving after only a short period of time, I hope to enjoy a short break with my family this summer before preparing myself for my next challenge in football".

Rui Pedro Silva, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias will join the Portuguese at Molineux as part of his backroom team.

"He has an impressive track record in the top divisions in Spain and Portugal, and took Porto to the knockout stages of the Champions League last season".

Lambert leaves after Wolves undertook a review of football operations which took place at the end of the season.

Paul Lambert wishes Wolverhampton Wanderers "the very best of luck for next season and beyond" after officially leaving the Championship club.

Lambert wanted to be in charge of transfers and the board were keen to continue with super-agent Jorge Mendes, who brought in Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa.

Espirito Santo was also in charge of Valencia between 2014 and 2015 and guided them to fourth in LaLiga in his only full season in charge.

Fosun had previously sacked Kenny Jackett days after buying the club last July while they also dismissed Zenga in October.

  • Julie Sanders