Bruno Lage has been appointed as Wolves’ new manager following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo at end of 2020-21 season.
Lage’s appointment comes after a year out of club management following a 18 month spell in charge of Benfica, with who he won the 2018-19 Primeira Division title in his first season after taking over in January 2019 following a spell managing the club’s B team.
In a statement explaining their decision to appoint Lage as Nuno’s successor, Wolves pointed to the 45 year-old’s ‘development of youngsters’ which saw players like Ruben Dias and Carlos Viniscus graduate through Benfica’s academy
Dias and Viniscus both went on to secure moves to Manchester City and Tottenham last summer, whilst Joao Felix joined La Liga’s Atletico Madrid, with Felix and Dias both going on to lift domestic league titles with their clubs last season.
Speaking on his new role, Lage described the task as ‘a big opportunity’ for him and has iterated that he has ‘big ambition to do great things’ at Wolves with a squad containing quality players like Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez.
Lage also spoke of his initial targets as being about working out what the team can offer in terms of performance , as well as building ‘a good dynamic’ within the squad and all departments at the club in order to ‘build up’ a new era following Nuno’s exit whilst building on his compatriot’s work.
Lage also boasts 24 years of coaching ‘experience’ after failing to play professional football, instead spending much of his career as a Youth or Assistant Manager at various clubs.
Wolves though won’t be Lage’s first experience of English Football after previously working as Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant at both Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City between 2015-18, of which Swansea were relegated from the Premier League during his brief tenure at the Liberty Stadium from February-May 2018.
Lage will meet his new first-team squad next month for pre-season ahead of the 2021-22 season, with Premier League fixtures set to be unveiled next Wednesday 16 June at 9am BST UK Time.