Wolves manager Bruno Lage lost his patience on Saturday following his side’s defeat to Crystal Palace.
Wanderers slipped to a third straight defeat at Molineux, with Patrick Vieira’s Eagles securing three points fairly comfortably.
They blew Wolves away in the first-half with an intense display.
Wolves saw more of the ball in the second-half and probed, but the damage had already been done.
The 2-0 defeat leaves Wolves with a mountain to climb if European football is still an ambition.
After the game, Lage was asked about the injury to Ki-Jana Hoever – and the manager simply couldn’t contain his frustration.
He criticised the Dutchman for not preparing in the correct way, and his comments have divided supporters as to whether he should have said them in a public setting.
It is the angriest we have seen Lage since he arrived at the club.
His anger didn’t just stop at Hoever. He also suggested there are other young players currently not working as they should be.
A report from The Athletic today states that Lage’s outburst took a number of Wolves staff members by surprise.
It says: “It’s a concerning comment and not one he’s been making internally to some other senior figures behind the scenes. In fact, as the explosive quotes did the rounds among staff on Saturday night, there was widespread surprise.”
Lage has made it clear he won’t stand for people that don’t match his work ethic at Wolves
People have their opinions about Lage’s scathing comments, and whether he was right or wrong to say them in public.
This is a side to the manager we have not seen before.
We know how strong his work ethic is, and so it must be frustrating for him if he feels players aren’t reciprocating it.
He often comes across as a gentleman. But it is actually good to see he can get tough when the situation may demand it.
Hopefully, the players will take the comments in the right way. Ultimately, they are designed to stop people dropping their standards.