Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed his admiration for Roy Hodgson ahead of the managers going head-to-head on Friday evening when Wolves invite Crystal Palace to Molineux.
Having taken charge of some of the biggest teams in world football during the past 45 years, Hodgson has decades of managerial experience compared to the eight years of the Wolves head coach, and Nuno said he is disappointed that he won’t have the opportunity to speak at length with his opposite number this weekend.
On facing Roy Hodgson and Palace
“Crystal Palace are a very good team, fully of talented players. Roy is a gentleman that I really admire. It will be a pleasure to be with him tomorrow again.
“I can learn a lot of things [from Hodgson]. I wish I had the chance to have a proper dinner, hours to speak and to share with Roy. He’s been a manager in so many countries, he’s seen and worked with so many different players. He managed big clubs; Inter, he’s managed national teams; England, Switzerland, so he has such a rich experience, I wish I could have time to share.
“But sometimes it’s not easy, even before and after the games, all these regulations are there, so it’s not easy for us as managers to share with an open mind. It has to be in a proper place with silence, and a good conversation would be amazing.”
On if he’d still be managing at 73
“I don't know, but what I know is that now, I want to manage, I want to work. I’m excited to play tomorrow. I just want to compete, and as long as we have this, we will be in the game.”