Bruno Lage’s time as Wolves manager is over.
The Portuguese was relieved of his duties earlier today following last night’s 2-0 defeat to West Ham United.
It’s been a very up and down last 15 months.
Things looked very bright at one stage under the 46-year-old, who had got Wolves as high as seventh in the table and just five points off the Champions League places.
But Wanderers crumbled around March, and results have since been really poor.
Wolves officials have decided to act, and the search for a new manager is already under way.
During his time at Molineux, Lage definitely had his favourites. Here are a few players who may now stand to benefit following his sacking by the board…
Toti Gomes hasn’t played a single minute of football so far this season, which is ridiculous.
The 23-year-old really impressed across his five appearances for the first-team last season, proving himself capable in the Premier League.
Lage has suggested that he and Yerson Mosquera aren’t at the same level as Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman, but that should not have meant playing zero minutes after nine games in all competitions. The fact he had no involvement against Preston in the Carabao Cup was a major surprise.
Hopefully the new man that comes in will be willing to call on Toti. Collins and Kilman will eventually need rotating, and there’s also potential to play in cup games and come on in matches to shore things up.
Traore has been criminally underused so far in 2022/23.
He hasn’t started a single Premier League game yet, and only played the bulk of Saturday’s game with West Ham due to a first-half injury for Pedro Neto.
The Spaniard will likely leave Molineux next year.
But for now he is a Wolves player, and he is there to be used.
The £18 million star was one of the better players against the Hammers, and needs more involvement under the new manager.
Unlike Toti and Traore, Joao Moutinho actually was a favourite of Lage’s.
The manager handed him 39 appearances across all competitions last term, and this season he has already featured seven times, playing 90 minutes in six of those.
Moutinho has been a truly wonderful player for Wolves over the years.
But this term he has not been at the same high level as Ruben Neves, and new signing Matheus Nunes has also been playing better and he has only just come to the Premier League.
Lage was almost too trusting of Moutinho.
He needs to be playing less going forwards, so that he can stay fresher and get back to those high levels when he does come into the team.
It could really benefit Moutinho to actually be starting once every few weeks, with someone like Boubacar Traore to be a regular.