Nuno Espírito Santo the substitute who became a benchmark for success

Wolves’ manager spent a lot of time on the fringes as a goalkeeper but making his mind work harder than his hands has paid off with an FA Cup semi-final against Watford

The most influential voices usually come from the dugout – and in more ways than one with Nuno Espírito Santo. A second-choice goalkeeper for a large chunk of his playing career, Nuno’s sage observations from the substitutes’ bench, or in a corner of the dressing room that José Mourinho entrusted him to police at Porto, made him a manager in waiting.

“I’ve always seen Nuno as a born leader,” Derlei, the Brazilian forward who played with Nuno for Porto and Dynamo Moscow, says. “It’s normal someone like that wants to be a coach. He worked with great managers from whom he learned and then shaped his style. And he’s very intelligent, a high IQ. You just have to look at the size of his head!”

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