Wolves have reportedly held discussions about hiring Leonardo Jardim to replace Bruno Lage.
According to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs, Wanderers officials have considered the former AS Monaco man, who has been out of work since leaving Saudi club Al Hilal in February of this year.
Jardim departed by mutual consent despite winning the Saudi Super Cup and the AFC Champions League.
Jardim is best known to people for the brilliant work he did at AS Monaco a few years ago.
He’s had two stints with the club, his first being from 2014-2018.
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Jardim guided the french club to a third place finish in his first season, and achieved the same feat in the 2015/16 season.
It was felt by many that he was building something really good at the club, and the 2016/17 season was what really put him on the map.
Jardim led Monaco to the league title that season, which was the club’s first in 17 years. He did so by playing brilliant attacking football, scoring 107 goals in 38 games. They finished eight points ahead of rivals Paris Saint-Germain.
He also took Monaco to the semi-finals of the Champions League, the semi-finals of the Coupe de France, and was on the losing side to PSG in the Coupe de la Ligue final.
At the end of the 2016/17 season, Monaco had scored an incredible 159 goals in 63 games (via GFFN).
Unfortunately for Jardim, he would then be held to those very high standards moving forwards. He was sacked in October 2018, with Thierry Henry succeeding him.
Jardim returned for a second spell just months later, only to be sacked again in December 2019.
Leonardo Jardim should be one of Wolves’ top targets to replace Bruno Lage
It is unclear at the moment whether Jardim is near the top of Wolves’ shortlist. But he ought to be.
The man did absolutely brilliant work in his first spell at Monaco.
He really did have everyone talking about that Monaco team, which was eventually dismantled by the top clubs in Europe – the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar and Wolves’ very own Joao Moutinho all leaving in one window.
Jardim, who is Portuguese, is available and he does feel like he’d be a decent fit compared to other names that have been linked.