Wolves are about to appoint former Benfica boss and number 1 pick Bruno Lage as the club’s new manager… to replace Nuno Espirito Santo who stepped down last month
- Nuno Espirito Santo left Wolves after four years via ‘mutual consent’ last month
- The club seems to have found their replacement in ex-Benfica boss Bruno Lage
- Lage has a work permit hearing today, which is not expected to be a problem
- He was an assistant to Carlos Carvalhal at Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday
Bruno Lage is about to be confirmed as Wolves’ next manager.
Sports post revealed in April that Wolves was preparing for a life without then-manager Nuno Espirito Santo, and that Lage was one of the names on their list of potential successors.
Nuno’s departure by mutual consent was subsequently confirmed a month later.
The 45-year-old Lage has been out of work since last summer after he left Benfica, where he won the Portuguese title in 2019.
Bruno Lage will be appointed as the new Wolves manager manager in the coming weeks
Lage previously worked as Carlos Carvahal’s No 2 at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea. Lage’s free agent status meant that Wolves could hire him without paying any fees, although he did have to apply for a work permit following the introduction of post-Brexit regulations.
That hurdle was overcome on Wednesday when Wolves was informed that Lage’s application had been granted.
Wolves must now finalize Lage’s contract, with terms agreed in principle, and are confident that work permits will also be arranged for his backroom staff.
Lage replaces Nuno Espirito Santo, who left the club after four years via ‘mutual consent’
Lage had turned down a number of roles since leaving Benfica in June 2020 and always had his eye on a return to English football.
He is a client of agent Jorge Mendes, who is close to Wolves chairman Jeff Shi and represents a number of players at Molineux.
The new manager is unlikely to exert the same influence as his predecessor Nuno in a structure where transfers and contracts are controlled by Shi, technical director Scott Sellars and head of football administration Matt Wild.