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Report: Wolves stars disliked Bruno Lage's team meetings

Wolves are ready to enter a new era, after officials sacked Bruno Lage on Sunday.

The club currently sits in the relegation zone in the Premier League after eight games.

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It has been a disastrous start, with Lage’s football yielding just three goals across those eight games.

The 46-year-old paid the price for failing to turn things around, and the search is now on for a new man to lead this talented squad of players.

Wolves’ squad really is brimming with talent.

There are two top-class players, with world-class potential, in Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes.

Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman stand to become brilliant all-round Premier League centre-backs.

And there are several exciting young talents, such as Rayan Ait-Nouri, Pedro Neto, Toti Gomes and Boubacar Traore.

It is really disappointing that Lage was unable to get the most out of this crop of stars.

But The Athletic have suggested one possible reason they were not taken by Lage.

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As fans well know, Lage really likes to talk. At press conferences and in pre and post-match interviews, he would very often give lengthy responses, sometimes running off on a wild tangent.

His approach to communicating was seemingly no different behind the scenes.

Upon first joining the club, Lage introduced a meeting room at Compton Park. This was going to become a place he and the players would spend a lot of time in.

At first, the meetings that took place in there were engaging.

But they would eventually become ‘lengthy’ and ‘counterproductive’, which some players were not keen on. These players felt they merely ‘created a distance between’ them and the boss.

Team meetings claim is not surprising, Bruno Lage loved to talk at Wolves

Sometimes it is great to be thorough.

There is no doubt that Lage takes his work very seriously and works in an intense way.

But he seemingly did not find the right balance with his communication.

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It is very important for a manager to always be engaging with his players, and to command their respect. It seems he simply could not do that towards the end of his tenure.

Perhaps at some points, he needed to keep things concise and get his point across in as few words as possible.