Former Wolverhampton Wanderers player Don Goodman believes the club’s appointment of Bruno Lage is a risk, and he’s still perplexed by Nuno Espirito Santo’s departure.

The club today announcement that Lage has signed a three-year contract at Molineux, after a couple of weeks of intense speculation from the media.

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The 45-year-old is into the hotseat, and will be tasked with getting the team back on track after a disappointing 13th-placed finish in 2020/21.

Time will tell if it’s a good appointment.

It is certainly a risk – Lage may previously have delivered a league title for Benfica, but the Premier League will certainly be a step up from the Primeira Liga.

One man who has his reservations about Lage is Goodman, who appeared on Sky Sports News today at the time of the announcement.

In his eyes, the decision for Nuno to go was questionable.

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Don Goodman (Photo by Adam Fradgley – AMA/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images)

He said at 10.04am: “I was surprised to be honest with you. I think it’s a mistake if I’m honest with you.

 

“I genuinely think it’s a mistake. I think there were mitigating circumstances after the two seventh-placed finishes to finishing 13th.

“It wasn’t a bad effort last season, based on the fact Wolves played 57 games the season before and had two weeks off.

“They got injuries to key players, they sold two key players.”

What’s done is done

Goodman does raise some good points.

There are certainly a number of contributing factors behind Wolves’ disappointing finish in 20/21.

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Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

But the decision was ‘mutual consent’, suggesting Nuno felt his time in the Black Country was up.

It’s a risk to appoint Lage as Nuno’s successor, but hopefully the bold decision pays off.

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