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JUST IN: Wolves appoint former Benfica manager Lage as Nuno’s replacement


Bruno Lage Wolves

Premier League side, Wolves, have announced the appointment of Bruno Lage as the new first-team head coach, following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo at the end of last season.

The Portuguese who recently left Benfica, which he led to the Primeira Liga title in his first season in management, takes over from his countryman, Nuno, who is set to be announced as the new manager of Crystal Palace.

The 45-year-old – who has previous experience of working in the UK with Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City – took over the reins of the first team in January 2019 and guided the Portuguese giants to 18 wins from 19 and a record-equalling 103 goals before he was fired last season.

Bruno Lage Wolves

Bruno Lage via Wolves

“First of all, I’m very happy. It’s a big opportunity. I’m very happy because I’ve returned to this country, and to be the manager of a big team,” Lage told the club’s website.

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“It’s a team and a club that wants to do history and a chance to compete in the Premier League. So, I’m happy, excited, with a big ambition to do great things for this club.”

Speaking on his initial targets at Wolves, Lage said, “I’ll be trying to know everyone, to see what the club has to offer, and my first idea is to try to link everyone together.

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“I want to create a good dynamic of group, with my staff, with all the departments of the club. I have tried to link all together to start to build up the new cycle.

“I think it’s a good opportunity to understand what Nuno [Espirito Santo] did in these four years and my ambition is to continue and to improve what he did.”

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Lage would be hoping to better the records of Nuno who left Wolves on “mutual agreement” last season having led them to the Championship title in 2018, before bringing European football to Molineux with back-to-back seventh-placed finish.