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But scratch beneath the surface and it’s absolutely no surprise that Ian Cathro has again teamed up with Nuno Espirito Santo as his assistant at Wolverhampton Wanderers, writes Tim Spiers.

The pair are intrinsically linked by an idea, a notion, a philosophy, on how football should be played.

It transcends languages, countries and leagues. And it means that Wolves were the only club Cathro, who was Nuno’s assistant at Valencia at Rio Ave, would have joined as a coach after a disappointing stint as boss at Hearts in 2016/17 led him to take a year out of the game.

They met at a Scottish FA coaching course in 2009 and five years later were together in the dugout at the Mestalla, but Cathro admits you wouldn’t necessarily place him together with Nuno.

“You wouldn’t at first!” he told the Express & Star. “But once that happened then it became normal.

“We’re linked by the way that we see football, not just how it’s played but the way it’s played based on that being what makes us most likely to win.

“It’s not a materialistic or superficial thing because it looks nice –it’s because we believe that’s the best way of getting the team the most probability of being in control of the game and winning.

“In the vast majority of cases it transcends countries and leagues, although there are always small adjustments that need to be made.


“You have to go with what you believe in. That’s

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