Former Wolverhampton Wandererers striker Kevin Doyle thinks fans of his old side should be concerned about a potential move for boss Nuno Espirito Santo from Manchester United.
Current Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is coming under immense pressure after a poor start to the season, the latest bad result a 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
BirminghamLive ‘s colleagues on the Old Trafford beat, at the Manchester Evening News, reported earlier today that United had approached Mauricio Pochettino, who is out of work after his sacking by Tottenham Hotspur last year, about replacing Solskjaer.
Solskjaer hasn’t been sacked yet, but all the talk on social media is about him possibly being relieved of his duties after Saturday lunchtime’s match against Everton in the Premier League given there is an international break right afterwards.
Talk of a move for Pochettino has ramped up after his declaration on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme that he is looking to get back into work.
Nuno, who has steered Wolves into the Championship and made them a top-half force, seems to be perennially linked with a move away from Molineux whenever another job is on offer in the top flight.
Indeed, he was reportedly a candidate for Arsenal when they removed Unai Emery last year before giving the job to Mikel Arteta.
And Doyle, who made nearly 200 appearances for Wolves during the last decade, reckons Nuno will be in the running if Solskjaer does get the sack.
“I think I’d be a bit worried if I was a Wolves fan at the moment about Nuno,” Doyle, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester City vs Wolves, said.
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“He’s a contender for the Manchester United job, of course he is. Why wouldn’t he be?
“Mauricio Pochettino is probably their number one choice but Nuno, definitely, would be up there as well for me. His link with (Jorge) Mendes and their ability to sign players, he would be a contender. I’m a Man United fan and I’d have no problem with him being the manager.
“He’d definitely be inspirational. You watch him on the side of the pitch and he’s the total opposite to Solskjaer. I don’t think he’s going to go anywhere just yet, and I think Pochettino is probably the more suitable option – he’s had more success and has more experience in the Premier League at a top club so he’s rightly the favourite. Wolves fans are probably safe for now but there’s no reason at all that I can see why he wouldn’t be considered for the Man United job.”