Bruno Lage reportedly wanted to retain John Ruddy for another season at Wolves, but was overruled by his superiors.
According to a report from The Athletic, the manager was keen to work with the veteran for another campaign.
He had talked Ruddy up last Friday ahead of the final game of the season with Liverpool.
And Ruddy himself was open to sticking around.
But over the weekend, a decision was reached to let Ruddy go, and on Monday evening the player took to social media to inform supporters of the news.
The opening line of his message read ‘So yesterday seems as though it will be my last appearance for Wolves’. The tone of that message may well suggest he did feel like he might have stayed.
He moves on after joining the club in 2017 after running down his contract with Norwich City.
Ruddy played a huge part in helping Wolves achieve promotion back to the Premier League.
And for the past four seasons, he has been the number two at Molineux, playing second fiddle to Rui Patricio and then Jose Sa.
By many accounts, Ruddy was a really well respected figure behind the scenes at Wolves.
He is a big personality and extremely professional.
And it seems those qualities were appreciated by Lage. He said of him only last week (via Birmingham Mail): “I want him to stay. He’s a big professional. I haven’t given him anything because he deserved to play that game against Norwich. I gave him a chance to play because he deserves to play more. Every time he plays, he plays well.
“He has trained hard and has pushed Jose. Jose did a fantastic job because of John. I am happy with him.”
But the manager has seemingly been overruled by those above him, and it remains to be seen now who will come in to replace the Englishman.
Some have suggested Matija Sarkic, but the 24-year-old is keen not to sit on the bench.
Lage could turn to someone from the academy, like Louie Moulden or Andreas Sondergaard.
Or the club may dip into the transfer market. Chicago Fire star Gabriel Slonina has been linked.
Bruno Lage and Wolves superiors on different pages as John Ruddy departs Molineux
It is slightly concerning to learn that Lage and those above him were at odds over Ruddy.
Surely, the manager’s desire should have prevailed here.
He has spent a full season working day in, day out with Ruddy. He obviously feels that what he brings to the dressing room is invaluable.
Sa is the undisputed number one at Molineux, but he recently put his good form down to the push Ruddy provided him with.
Hopefully, the Portuguese stopper’s high level will not now drop as a result of Ruddy leaving.