Wolves fear that Bruno Lage’s chances of succeeding Nuno Espirito Santo could be affected by new rules

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Wolves fear they will NOT be able to hire the new manager they want as post-Brexit rules make it harder to hire foreigners … and the Portuguese boss could be the first victim of the new regulation

  • Bruno Lage flew to England for an interview to succeed Nuno Espirito Santo
  • Former Wolves boss left Molineux after four years
  • If club wants to appoint Lage, complications may arise under new rules

Bruno Lage’s prospects of becoming Wolves’ next manager could be complicated by post-Brexit rules that make it more difficult for clubs to hire foreign bosses.

MailOnline announced on Monday that the former Benfica coach had flown to England for an interview this week and is the leader of Nuno Espirito Santo, who left last weekend after four years of leadership at Molineux – although he is not the only candidate.

But under FA regulations put in place after the UK left the European Union in late 2020, Lage may not automatically qualify for an exemption from the governing body.

Bruno Lage, former Benfica boss, is the leader to take over as Wolves manager

The most recently published guidelines state that a manager must have worked in a top class for two consecutive years or three of the five previous years.

Lage, 45, was at Benfica for 18 months, from January 2019 to June 2020, and has been out of work since then, although it is unclear whether his spells as Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant manager in Sheffield Wednesday (2015-17) or Swansea (2017 -18) would be taken into account.

The FA is reviewing the criteria and is believed to be publishing an updated version almost in the coming weeks, possibly changing the position again.

Regulations stemming from Brexit can make it difficult for Lage to take charge

Regulations stemming from Brexit can make it difficult for Lage to take charge

Wolves, whose executive chairman is Jeff Shi (above), are looking for a new manager

Wolves, whose executive chairman is Jeff Shi (above), are looking for a new manager

In all cases, Wolves – or any other club – would have the right to appeal if their initial attempt to arrange a meeting failed to meet the requirements.

Whoever succeeds Nuno will not get the same package as the 47-year-old, whose new three-year deal reportedly pushed his earnings close to £ 10 million a year last summer.

Nuno appeared to be a strong contender for a quick return to Porto, where he has had spells both as a player and as a manager. But current boss Sergio Conceicao has not made the expected move to Italian club Napoli with talks currently at a deadlock.

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