Wolverhampton Wanderers reported managerial target Bruno Lage will have a hearing this week to determine if he will be eligible to become the club’s next head coach.

The 45-year-old is seemingly Wolves’ top choice to replace the departed Nuno Espirito Santo, who left after the club’s final game of the 2020/21 season a week ago.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

Lage is being strongly considered, but him becoming the new manager is not a straightforward situation.

New rules were brought in following Brexit, and Lage doesn’t qualify for an automatic work permit.

Lage needed to have spent two consecutive years, or three out of the last five, working in a ‘top league’ to qualify.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

He has not been working for almost a year, but The Athletic have reported this weekend that Wolves are confident he will be granted one at the hearing on Wednesday.

 

Lage set for Molineux?

It certainly seems like Lage is all set for Molineux.

He’s the overwhelming favourite with the bookmakers, and it looks like he could be in place soon.

He’s a little-known entity in this country, but Wolves fans should be excited by a Lage appointment.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

He ended up resigning from Benfica, but he did a great job there, winning a league title by finishing the 2018/19 season with 18 wins, one draw and zero defeats after arriving mid-season.

That term he also presided over a 10-0 win over Nacional, and finished the lague camapaign with 103 goals in 34 games.

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