Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is among the names said to be in the frame to potentially replace Unai Emery at Arsenal, but Rui Patricio says it is “extremely important” for a fellow Portuguese to be kept at Molineux.
A man who once played under Jose Mourinho at Porto has been forging quite the reputation in coaching circles.
Few knew what to expect of Nuno when he was appointed by Wolves in 2017, but the 45-year-old has flourished in English football.
Having guided his side to the Premier League and then sealed Europa League qualification, Nuno has now reportedly emerged as a candidate for Arsenal, if the decision is taken at Emirates Stadium to move on from Emery.
Patricio can understand why speculation has been sparked, but he is hoping to see Wolves retain the services of their highly-regarded manager.
He told reporters amid the Gunners talk: “Nuno is an outstanding coach, and he is also a leader.
“We need him to keep developing, not only the staff but the players as well.
“It’s extremely important to keep Nuno at the club. We have ambitions, so that’s the only way to develop the club. Every competition we are involved in, we want to win.”
While lauding Nuno, Patricio is eager to point out that success at Molineux is the result of a collective effort.
The Portugal international goalkeeper added: “Obviously, stability is needed in any club for the club to develop,” he said.
“It’s not just about the coach. We have a good staff who work very well for the club. We have to work hard as a team – players and staff.”
Nuno and Patricio will be back in familiar surroundings on Thursday when they take in a return to their homeland for a Europa League clash with Braga.
Wolves head into that game sat second in Group K – having collected three wins from four outings to date - with a point all that they require to guarantee progression to the knockout stage.