Wolves staff profiles

Pen pics of Wolves' coaching, performance and analytics staff. For more profiles, click HERE.

HEAD COACH/ SPORTING DIRECTOR

HEAD COACH

Nuno Espirito Santo

Nationality: Portuguese

Led Wolves back to the promised land of the Premier League in his first season in charge. Previously managed Rio Ave, Valencia and Porto. A former goalkeeper of some repute, he was in Portugal's squad at Euro 2008 but never played.

SPORTING DIRECTOR

Kevin Thelwell

Nationality: English

Wolves' Academy manager since 2008 and their Sporting Director since September 2016. Gave an excellent insight into his role HERE.

ASSISTANTS

ASSISTANT

Rui Pedro Silva

Nationality: Portuguese

Hails from Porto and was on the coaching staff with Santo at Panathinaikos. Was his assistant at Rio Ave, Porto, Valencia and now Wolves.

FIRST-TEAM COACH

Ian Cathro

Nationality: Scottish

First met Santo on an SFA coaching course in 2009 and linked up with him at Rio Ave three years later. Followed him to Valencia, before becoming Steve McClaren's assistant at Newcastle. Spell as manager of Hearts lasted less than a year.

FIRST-TEAM COACH

Julio Figueroa

Nationality: Portuguese

Appointed shortly after Santo, when pre-season had started last season. Key figure in terms of training and tactics.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Rui Barbosa

Nationality: Portuguese

Another of Santo's key lieutenants, who arrived with him from Portugal. Gave this detailed analysis of Man City's style of play last December. Described the English style as "favouring crosses into the box."

FITNESS

Antonio Dias

Nationality: Portuguese

Arrived with Santo when the manager was appointed last May.

PERFORMANCE & MEDICAL

HEAD OF MEDICAL

Phil Hayward

Nationality: English

Started career as an NHS physio. Joined Wolves Academy in 2008, before being promoted to Head of Medical in September 2012.

REHAB COACH

Joao Lapa

Nationality: Portuguese

Another of Santo's countrymen, who had most recently worked for SC Olhanense in Portugal.

PHYSIO

Ollie Leaper

Nationality: English

Previously worked for Birmingham and Watford. Joined Wolves in April 2017.

SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST

Matt Wignall

Nationality: English

Joined in 2006. Promoted to first-team duties in October 2012.

THERAPIST

Rui Fuste

Nationality: Portuguese

Appointed a few weeks after Santo took over in May 2017.

SPORTS THERAPIST

Danny Fishwick

Nationality: English

Appointed in March 2017 following a year at Fleetwood Town.

DOCTOR

Dr Matthew Perry

Nationality: English

Retired as a GP in 2014. Was appointed as medical advisor to the Premier League four years ago, but continued to work at Molineux.

LEAD S&C

Richard Kirby

Nationality: English

Responsible for strength and conditioning in the gym and on the pitch. Joined the club in December 2014.

ANALYSIS

HEAD OF PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

Andrew Findlay

Nationality: English

Moved to the club in October 2017 from Manchester United, where he had spent four and a half years. Previous spells with Irish and Scottish FAs and Manchester City.

ANALYST

Tom Male

Nationality: English

Responsible for use/ analysis of GPS at first-team and Academy levels.

ANALYST

Mathew Pearson

Nationality: English

Graduate of Liverpool John Moores who has worked for the Qatar FA and Aspire. Joined Wolves' Academy in February 2017, before being promoted to the first team in August 2017.

ASSISTANT ANALYST

John Boston

Nationality: English

Intern at Leicester City before joining Wolves as an intern in July 2015.

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