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Former Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy gives honest verdict on Bruno Lage

Former Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy has described Bruno Lage as ‘a very good coach’, but says his man management skills could improve.

The veteran stopper left Molineux earlier this summer after Wanderers did not extend his contract.

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It has transpired that Wolves were actually planning to extend his deal.

But the club revised its offer to Ruddy the day before the final game of 2021/22 against Liverpool.

Ruddy left after five years of service, and subsequently joined Birmingham City on a free transfer. So far, he has started both of the Blues’ first two Championship games.

Ruddy has been looking back at his time at Molineux, speaking in an interview with Talking Wolves.

He touched on when he was a regular in his first season, and having regrets about losing to Watford in the FA Cup semi-final the 2018/19 season.

He also gave his honest views on Lage, which are interesting to say the least.

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He says (25:29): “He’s a very good coach on the training pitch. Very thorough, very meticulous. His man management I think could be improved. I think in terms of the way he communicates with the players.

“I think he can be a little more approachable, if you like. But he’s very passionate as well and he’s very emotional. He wears his heart on his sleeve. You know exactly what he’s thinking, which is sometimes a good thing, sometimes a bad thing.

“At this level of management, you need to find a balance very quickly.”

Ruddy goes on to say how Nuno Espirito Santo was good at coming in after a game and not saying much, because he didn’t want his emotions to take over.

And he adds that Lage will come in and usually it will be very clear how he’s feeling – good or bad.

Interesting remarks from Ruddy about Bruno Lage

It is intriguing to hear Ruddy admit Lage’s man management skills could improve.

During his time at Molineux, Lage has carved out a reputation for being a bit of an intense character.

By and large this has been a positive thing, after things had started to fizzle out under Nuno.

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Hopefully the 46-year-old is usually able to find the right balance.

Ultimately though, he is completely justified in his style if he is getting results on the pitch and morale and team spirit in the dressing room is high.