Premier League 2018/19: 5 Managers Already Under Huge Pressure

5. Nuno Espirito Santos (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

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Are you Portuguese? Is your agent Jorge Mendes? Do you want a lovely flat overlooking the Wolverhampton canal? If so, Wolves appears to be your ideal destination.

There is no denying that Wolves have had a great transfer window to help them in their maiden voyage back in the Premier League. Buying players like a kid in a sweet shop, Wolves have bolstered their ranks with João Moutinho, Rui Patrício, Raúl Jiménez, and are on the brink of bringing in the talented Adama Traoré for a club record £18 million. The clear message appears to be that they are trying to hit the ground running, and with a chairman looking for immediate success, this will pile immense pressure on Santos.

With the team playing such free flowing, attacking football in the Championship, the fans have become accustomed to the style, and even if not realistic, will want to see the same this season. The Premier League is cut throat, and is a totally different animal in itself to the lower leagues. The question is whether Wolves have the talent to play the game in the way they have been used to in the previous campaign.

The focus Nuno Santo has is whether he can merge the new signings and create an instant chemistry with the creative team of last year. There is no room for error with the Chinese owners demanding an immediate impact.


Ross Banner has contributed 38 posts since joining in July 2018.