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Wolves next manager after Bruno Lage

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With Nuno Espirito Santos leaving the club, a man who has written himself in the books as a Wolves legend, its absolutely vital that their next appointment was a statement of intent in the right direction.

The new man, Bruno Lage, is of the same nationality as Nuno and so there will not really be any huge change in the culture of the club. With a high percentage of their players being of a Portuguese persuasion, this appointment will almost immediately provide stability to the club.

Lage joined Benfica in January of the 2018-19 season as caretaker manager and after a single win, he was then appointed as permanent head coach. This season, he guided the club to their 37th league title, with a 94%-win percentage. Despite early success, he had a miserable second season, ending the season with 2 wins in 13 games, ultimately leading to his dismissal on the 4th of July 2020.

The 45-year-old has been in the football game for some while now, spending around 20 years in youth leagues, before finally getting his break with the Benfica B team. As a coach, he has bags of experience in the English game, as he was assistant to Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday, where they reached a play off final and a play off semi-final the following season.

At Benfica, Lage implemented a 442 based around intensive, quick attacking football, which allowed for league domination. With Raul Jiminez and Fabio Silva, a return to this style could work with two high pressing, powerful forwards. Being in the Premier League, a structured defensive shape is necessary and set up in a 4-4-2, this will help in cutting passing lanes from defence to midfield and also allows for them to stretch the pitch in transition.

What is unclear is if Lage will be able to bring the best out of the Wolves team. With his poor second season at Benfica, he is a man under question as their strong start tailed off after heavy investment, which will be hard to follow in a pandemic world. Ball playing centre backs and rapid wingers could transfer well into his style, but I would be cautious about expecting immediate success and would be looking to give Lage time to develop these players in order to make them his own.

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