Wolves host Crystal Palace tonight, looking to leapfrog the Eagles in the Premier League table with a victory.
The clash sees Nuno Espirito Santo go up against Roy Hodgson, the elder statesman in terms of top flight managers.
As per Wolves’ official website, Nuno is a major admirer of Hodgson for who he’s managed and what he’s achieved in his career.
He apparently wishes he could have more time than the traditional cursory pre-match chat to pick Hodgson’s brains about his life in football.
“Crystal Palace are a very good team, full of talented players. Roy is a gentleman that I really admire. It will be a pleasure to be with him tomorrow again,” said Santo.
“I can learn a lot of things [from Hodgson]. I wish I had the chance to have a proper dinner, hours to speak and to share with Roy. He’s been a manager in so many countries, he’s seen and worked with so many different players.
“He managed big clubs; Inter, he’s managed national teams; England, Switzerland, so he has such a rich experience, I wish I could have time to share.”
Santo may be a more in-vogue manager than Hodgson right now; with access to a greater transfer budget and in charge of a side with European ambitions.
But it’s clear the Portuguese has a lot of respect for what Hodgson has done and how long he’s stayed at the top of the game.
Not many Englishmen have ventured into European football as deeply as Hodgson has, and for that alone, he deserves huge admiration.
But for him still to be doing it at 73, working with a fairly limited transfer budget and formulating a gameplan which makes his Palace side hard to beat and dangerous to play against is impressive.
Both Wolves and Palace like hitting teams on the break and that could make tonight’s game a bit of a chess match, with Santo testing himself against the grandmaster.
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