Photography by Jon Enoch

Nuno Espírito Santo

Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2017–

“I don’t really believe there is something different in the Championship, because football is the game.”

Nuno Espírito Santo’s suitability to lead a push for promotion from the Championship was questioned when he was appointed Wolverhampton Wanderers’ manager in May 2017. Succeeding Paul Lambert, who had previously not only led Norwich City to promotion to the Premier League but inspired them to survival, he had had minimal experience of English football during a managerial career in which he had led Rio Ave, Valencia and Porto, where he had also once played under José Mourinho.

Wolves, who were then appointing a fourth manager in 10 months under their ambitious owners, instead eased to promotion, and remain among the Premier League’s strongest teams. In an exclusive interview with The Coaches’ Voice, Santo reveals the philosophy that underpinned that promotion, and that will have contributed to their successes since then.

Nuno Espírito Santo

Jason Euell

Changing stripes

Former Wimbledon, Charlton and Middlesbrough forward Jason Euell has recently joined the England Under-20 set-up. He talks about his coaching career at The Valley, and linking up with old pals Chris Powell and Gareth Southgate

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John Toshack

Shankly’s recipe

Former Real Madrid and Wales boss John Toshack played for a Liverpool team managed by Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley. He talks about the influence of the famed Boot Room on his own first steps into coaching at Swansea City