Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio says he wants the Midlands club to keep hold of Nuno Espirito Santo after reports that he is being targeted by Arsenal.
Speaking ahead of their game against Braga in the Europa League this evening, the Portuguese international was asked about his manager’s future, and Patricio feels Santo would be a huge loss:
“Stability is important at any club. Nuno is an outstanding coach and he’s also a leader. It’s very important to keep Nuno at the club, not only for the players but for the club as well. We have ambitions in this competition.”
Santo is currently odds-on favourite at Betfair to become the next Gunners boss, with it being reported that Head of Football Operations Raul Sanllehi is behind the London club’s attempts to lure the 45-year-old to the Emirates.
Santo’s agent Jorge Mendes has close connections with Sanllehi, and it is believed that this is the main driver behind their interest.
There are other names in the frame, but both Mikel Arteta and Massimilano Allegri are not said to be keen on joining the club midseason. There is also the alternative of putting Freddie Ljungberg in charge until the summer if Emery is sacked.