Wolves have appointed Bruno Lage as their new head coach, the Premier League club have announced.
The former Swansea assistant coach replaces Nuno Espírito Santo, who left Molineux at the end of the season. Wolves targeted Lage, a free agent, following Nuno’s four years in charge.
The 45-year-old initially failed to pass post-Brexit regulations but, at a hearing earlier this month, Wolves won their case and he was given the green light to move to Molineux.
Lage won the Portuguese title with Benfica in 2019 – also claiming manager of the year – but he left in 2020 after failing to defend their crown, finishing second behind Porto. A move to Molineux marks a return to English football after Lage spent time as Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea.
Quoted on club’s website, Lage said: “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. 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 …
“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 [Espírito Santo] did in these four years and my ambition is to continue and to improve what he did.”