Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo
Nottingham Forest

Manager Profile

Nuno Herlander
Simões Espírito Santo

Personal Details

Country of Birth
Portugal Portugal
Status
Active
Joined Club
20 December 2023
Age
50 years 175 days
Date of Birth
25/01/1974
Premier League Seasons
5
Premier League Debut Match
Everton (h),
11 August 2018, Drawn 2 - 2

Manager Bio

Nuno Espirito Santo is head coach of Nottingham Forest, replacing Steve Cooper at the City Ground in December 2023 for his third time in charge of a Premier League club.

A goalkeeper during his playing career, Nuno represented Portugal at the 1996 Olympics and was part of the Porto squad that won the 2002/03 UEFA Cup and 2003/04 UEFA Champions League under Jose Mourinho.

He started as a goalkeeping coach after retiring in the summer of 2010, before being given his first senior coaching appointment two years later, with Portuguese side Rio Ave.

In his second season Rio Ave were finalists in both of the domestic cup competitions, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League for the first time in their history.

Nuno moved to Valencia, where he secured a fourth-place finish in 2014/15, while winning the Manager of the Month award in Spain three times.

He then spent a season at Porto before moving to England and Wolves.

His first season at Molineux was a triumph as Nuno led the club to promotion and the Championship title, finishing nine points clear.

Nuno guided Wolves to a seventh-placed finish in the 2018/19 season for the club's highest Premier League finish and their highest in the English top flight since the 1979/80 season.

They repeated the feat the following campaign, having been in contention for a top-four spot during the run-in.

Despite a solid start to 2020/21 Wolves were unable to sustain that consistency. Nuno left the club by mutual consent in May 2021 after steering Wolves to a 13th-place finish.

At the end of June 2021, Nuno returned to the Premier League when announced as the new Spurs head coach, but his stay in north London was brief and he departed there in November 2021.

Nuno more recently spent 16 months at Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad, but departed in November 2023 six months after leading them to the title.

He helped to keep Forest in the Premier League for a third successive season, as they finished 17th, winning 2-1 at Burnley on the final day of 2023/24.

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