Toti Gomes says the sacking of Bruno Lage has not been easy to deal with.
Wolves decided to part ways with the Portuguese following the recent 2-0 defeat to West Ham United.
Lage had overseen just one victory in the Premier League in eight games.
The terrible run of form, coupled with the way the team finished last season, resulted in him being sacked, and Wolves are still looking to replace him.
Julen Lopetegui is the top choice, with Jeff Shi reportedly currently in Spain to try and tie up a deal.
Lage had a fairly turbulent 16 months at the helm at Molineux.
He showed real signs of promise last season, with Wolves one of the strongest defensive outfits in all of Europe by around February/March.
European football was a definitely possibility, but the team’s form took a nosedive.
Things seemed to start going wrong on the pitch for Wolves following the 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, after which Lage slammed Ki-Jana Hoever for picking up an injury. The suggestion from the manager was that the full-back had not adequately prepared himself.
Since Lage’s sacking, there have been claims that he had lost the dressing room at the end of the 2021/22 season.
But a couple of players have now put in a positive word for Lage. Hwang Hee-chan praised the 46-year-old, as did newest signing Diego Costa.
And now, Toti has also reacted to Lage leaving. And the centre-back has revealed what he said before he went.
He said (via Birmingham Mail): “He just came to talk a little bit, to say goodbye and that he will keep supporting us from outside. He is not with us, but he will support us.
“It’s not easy, Bruno was with us for more than one year. For me especially, he was the manager that gave me the opportunity to make my debut in the Premier League.
“It’s not easy when this type of situation happens. But this is football, something that happens.”
Wolves players seemed to have respect for Lage, but it just wasn’t working anymore
So a few players have now put in a positive word for Lage since his sacking.
Seemingly, a number of them still have a lot of respect for the former Benfica coach.
Lage was undoubtedly a good man. It just appears that his methods were no longer striking a chord with the players.
There’ve been claims that his team meetings were long-winded and counterproductive. Lage does like to talk at length in his interviews and press conferences, and so it’s no surprise some felt disengaged eventually.
This is something he could work on. If he is able to strike a good balance in his next job, he’ll surely have more success.