Hwang Hee-chan has said he had ‘a very good time’ working under Bruno Lage at Wolves.
The winger has given his view of the decision to part ways with the 46-year-old on October 2 following the defeat to West Ham United.
Lage was sacked following a run of just one win in eight Premier League games.
That followed a terrible end to the 2021/22 season which saw Wolves fail to win any of their last seven matches.
Things looked quite promising under Lage at the start of this calendar year.
Wins over Manchester United and Old Trafford and Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium really had many fans believing that Lage could do special things at the club.
But in the final months of his tenure, the players just weren’t at it.
And since his sacking, there have been claims that some were disengaged by Lage and his methods.
He made a lot of odd decisions during his time at the helm. But he also did oversee positive development in the likes of Maximilian Kilman, Ruben Neves and Nelson Semedo.
Hwang was a player that Lage seemingly liked a lot.
The South Korea international was heavily involved under him when fit, even if his form wasn’t so great at times.
He said of Lage (via Wolves official): “I learned so much from him [Lage] whilst he was here. I had a very good time with him. Towards the end of his tenure, I could’ve felt disappointed, but I still learned a lot from him and he helped our team as a whole. I’m thankful that he always motivated us to be better.”
After starting the first two games in 2022/23, Hwang did eventually lose his starting berth. He has been on the bench for Wolves since August 13 against Fulham.
Hwang Hee-chan got plenty of chances from Bruno Lage, he must now show the new manager what he’s about
Lage clearly rated Hwang highly.
He started 20 games in the Premier League last season, which is a lot considering he only hit top form for a few months at the start of the season.
It is little wonder the 26-year-old has offered a positive verdict.
Hwang must now work to get in favour with the new manager that comes in.
The £14 million star is a good player who is just seriously lacking confidence at the moment. This can be a fresh start for him, and hopefully the new head coach will be able to get the best out of him.