Wolves manager Nuno is to be honoured by the University of Wolverhampton in recognition of the team’s success under his leadership and his contribution to sport in the region.
The University of Wolverhampton will present an Honorary Doctor of Sport to Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club’s last home game of the season on Saturday, 4 May 2019.
The honour recognises Nuno’s success over the last two seasons which have seen Wolverhampton gain recognition and attention internationally, returning a sense of pride back to the city and club. He has led the club to the Premier League after a seven year absence as well as taking the team to the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.
Nuno will receive the honorary degree on the pitch before the game against Fulham, which kicks off at Molineux at 3pm.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said: “The University is thrilled to be recognising Nuno with an Honorary Doctorate of Sport at the end of such a successful season for the club. In two years, Nuno has transformed Wolves - his first season at Molineux was a triumph as he led the club to promotion and the Championship title, and now we have seen a successful start to life in the Premier League and a Wembley FA Cup semi-final.
“The University of Wolverhampton and Wolves have a close relationship – we sponsor the team, our students complete a variety of placements with the club and of course we are neighbours. Our honorary graduates provide inspiration to our students and we are delighted to recognise a leader who has brought pride and recognition to our city on an international scale.”
Nuno said: “It is a great honour and privilege to be recognised by the University of Wolverhampton in this way, and I will be humbled to collect the honorary degree at Molineux on Saturday.
“From the moment I arrived in Wolverhampton nearly two years ago, I have been made to feel truly welcome by the people of this city - and I am pleased that I have been able to give something back to them.”
Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed Wolverhampton Wanderers’ head coach on 31 May 2017 and led the club to the Premier League in his first full season.
A goalkeeper during his playing career, Nuno has achieved some of the highest international accolades in football as a player, winning both the 2002/03 UEFA Cup and 2003/04 Champions League at Porto and representing Portugal at the 1996 Olympics.
As a manager, he has achieved wide success with numerous teams including Valencia and Porto before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Locally, he has led the transformation of Wolves, guiding them to emphatic Championship title winners in 2017/18 and widespread plaudits and success in the Premier League 2018/19 campaign.
Honorary awards are presented by the University of Wolverhampton to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise.
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