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Jeff Shi comments on Bruno Lage after sacking at Wolves

Jeff Shi has said he has no doubts about Bruno Lage’s ability as a coach, but admits the club needed to act after a poor run of results.

The executive chairman, along with other officials at the club, decided to remove Lage from his position on Sunday morning.

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His final game was a 2-0 defeat to West Ham United.

That loss was the third in the Premier League this season.

But there has only been one win in the competition so far – against Southampton last month.

The run of one win in eight games follows a terrible end to last season that cost Wolves European football.

Many supporters had been calling for Lage to go a couple of weeks ago.

Some wanted him to be removed during the last international break. But he was given the West Ham game to try and prompt a turnaround.

But Lage has now been relieved of his duties – and Shi has spoken about the 46-year-old’s exit and why the decision was made.

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He told the club’s official website: “Bruno is an excellent coach, a hardworking and dedicated manager, and a warm, wise and honest man.

“He and his staff have been a pleasure to work with throughout their time at Wolves, so it is with much sadness that we have had to make what has been a difficult decision.

“I honestly have no doubts about Bruno’s ability, and I’m sure he will succeed elsewhere, however the team’s form and performances over the last few months mean that we have no choice but to act.

“On behalf of everyone at Wolves, I would like to place on record our gratitude to Bruno and his coaching team for all their efforts during their time with the club, and wish them the very best for the future.”

Bruno Lage was a good man who worked hard, but he should have done better and had to go

Midway through Lage’s Wolves tenure, things genuinely looked promising.

But from March 2022 onwards, there has not been a great deal to like about Wolves under Lage.

Realistically, he should have done far better with the players at his disposal – especially this term.

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He has been slightly up against it with the striker situation. But given the attacking talent Wolves still have, three goals in eight games so far this term is terrible.

By many accounts Lage was a very intense character and a workaholic.

But Wolves’ decision cannot really be disputed given recent results.