Wolverhampton Wanderers’ search for a new head coach is over, with the club confirming Bruno Lage yesterday.

The 45-year-old steps into the hotseat as Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor, and is tasked with getting the club back in the mix for Europe.

The appointment carries an element of risk.

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Lage is known to play attacking football, and did deliver a league title for Benfica.

But the Premier League will be a difficult kettle of fish.

That said, he has spent time in England before, having had stints at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City as assistant manager to Carlos Carvalhal.

One man who knows a bit about Lage, is former Wolves midfielder David Jones.

Jones worked with him after moving from Burnley to Hillsborough in 2016.

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He told the Athletic: “He’s fairly quiet off the pitch but also very passionate.

 

“That passion comes across on the training field… when he’s talking football he comes alive. Away from football I can imagine him being quite understated and quiet. But on match days you’d see that emotion. He’s very enthusiastic.

“You can see he’s not afraid to show his emotions. I’d describe him as quiet and reserved but a likable character when you get to know him.

“He wasn’t your best mate straight away, he was someone who tried to work on my game and I had a good relationship with him.”

Sounds familiar

Jones’ testimony suggests Lage could be somewhat similar to Nuno personality-wise.

If Lage is still the way Jones describes, then that could be really good for the players.

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One gets the feeling they need someone on the touchline showing his passion and emotions.

Nuno, perhaps for a variety of reasons, seemed to lose that energy last season and maybe it transcended to the players on the pitch.

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