Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo reveals why he’s never happy ahead of Europa League clash

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NUNO Espirito Santo admits his golden two years at Wolves still can’t stop him being Mr Grumpy.

Nuno’s glittering success at Molineux should guarantee smiles all the way, but the 45-year-old admits he desperately struggles to enjoy things.

Wolves begin their Europa League journey on Thursday when they host Irish side Crusaders.

It’s hard to see why Nuno hasn’t got the widest grin in the Black Country after turning Wolves into Premier League stormtroopers.

He took the famous old club into the big time on the back of sweeping everything before them on their way to the Championship title.

Last season was little short of incredible as well, Wolves finishing seventh in the Premier League at the first time of asking to clinch European football.

Just for good measure they reached the FA Cup semi-finals claiming the scalps of Liverpool and Manchester United along the way.

So why the long face? Nuno makes the shock revelation that even his family have told him to smell the roses.

Nuno says the thrill of victory doesn’t last long, saying: “I don’t know, minutes, hours, maybe?

“It’s very hard for me to re-evaluate things that have happened in the past. Very, very hard for me. Even my family say: ‘You don’t enjoy it!’

“They say I should enjoy it more. They say: ‘Even when you lose you shouldn’t be so down.’”

“But how can you not be down? When the team doesn’t play good you go home and you say: ‘Why? Why? Why? Why?

“And you go around the WHY and the HOW? How, how, how? It’s very hard to enjoy.”

The Portuguese boss reckons it’s all about giving a side an identity and wants Wolves to be like Coca Cola – the real thing.

He adds: “It is the most important thing, an identity. When things don’t go so well, what are you gonna grab for?

“Stick to it. It is like Coca Cola, they never change the recipe. Diet Coke, full sugar, no caffeine Coke, maybe, but the recipe is always there. It doesn’t change.

“If you are in four competitions and you are still building and adjusting and testing and always going arounds these things, mmm, it will be very hard to compete in the way we want to compete.

“You already have to have something really strong – an identity. This is what I think is more important, the identity. Everybody knows how we play, everybody can see.”

However, the thought of European pioneers Wolves out on the continental stage again does bring a smile to his face – for now anyway.

“We know what it means to achieve European football in the Premier League. It means a lot, but for the club and the city it will be amazing to get this atmosphere again.

“But it depends on us to really make it real because the qualification is not done yet. We are still talking about the group stages so we look forward to it.

“We know there is expectation outside, anything can happen. But in terms of the competition, it doesn’t change because you cannot say the Europa League is easier or more difficult than the Premier League.”

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