Nuno’s Wolves successor set to be named after landing in UK

It will come as little surprise that Wolves are looking to bring in a Portuguese to replace outgoing manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

The West Midlands club have had a very strong Portuguese influence since 2016, owed to its owners’ relationship with superagent Jorge Mendes.

Other than Nuno, several Portugal internationals have arrived at Molineux, but the manager stepped down after four years with a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, which cemented a 13th-placed finish..

Ex-Benfica manager Bruno Lage looks set to be his replacement, having landed in the UK ready for talks on Monday.

The 45-year-old has had spells on the coaching teams at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City, so will be familiar with the rigours of English football.

Lage also has a Primeira Liga to his name, having guided Benfica to the title in 2019, but a poor run of results towards the end of the 2019/20 season cost him his job.

As for Nuno, the vacant manager’s seat at Europa Conference League qualifiers Tottenham looks to be a real possibility,

The São Tomé-born coach oversaw three successful seasons in the Premier League after guiding Wolves to promotion from the Championship in 2018.

The timing of Nuno’s departure seems to coincide with a transition period at Molineux, with star player Diogo Jota departing, and youngster Fabio Silva arriving.

It’s the first time Wolves’ Chinese owners, investment group Fosun International, have sold a key player since they bought the club five years ago.

In that time, they have bought big names such as Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, thanks to one of the group’s business partners, superagent Mendes, known for representing Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mendes’ influence over the Portuguese game can’t be overstated, and seems to have given Wolves the inside track on a number of transfer deals.

His very first deal in football was the transfer of Nuno from Vitória de Guimarães to Deportivo de La Coruña in 1996, back when he was still plying his trade between the sticks.

Now, 25 years on, he’ll be looking to find Nuno a new destination to ply his trade while his stock is high.

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