With a higher net spend than Man City – Wolves go on the hunt for an ambitious new manager

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With a higher net spend than Man City – Wolves go on the hunt for an ambitious new manager

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Lage sacked after 51 games 

Wolverhampton Wanderers are on the hunt for a new manager, following the dismissal of head coach Bruno Lage on Sunday afternoon. Lage had been in charge at Molineux since June of last year and helped the club to a tenth-place finish in the Premier League last season, capping off his stint at Wolves with a points-per-game average of 1.29. 

According to reports in England, there are already a number of managers from around European football that could now be in the running for the role. The Telegraph understands that Olympiacos coach Míchel is likely to be a strong contender, alongside Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou and Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui. While the Sun are reporting that Sporting head coach Ruben Amorim may in fact be the front-runner. Simon Stone at the BBC has also suggested that the club are in no immediate rush to find an instant replacement. 

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Success hasn’t always followed investment 

Lage’s sacking will undoubtedly be due to the club currently languishing in 18th place, with just one win from their first eight games. A far cry from Wolves’ success under former manager Nuno Espírito Santo, who managed to not only win promotion to the English top-flight, but also bagged back-to-back seventh-place finishes in the Premier League. 

That, undoubtedly, is where Wolves’ hierarchy feel they belong. Since winning promotion in 2018, the club have spent no less than €491 million on new players – a figure that places them seventh among all clubs in English football. When we consider their total net spend – the amount they spent alongside income from player sales – they still sit relatively high in eighth place among all other clubs in England. Most notably, higher than Manchester City and Liverpool. And is perhaps where the club truly believes it belongs to be, as opposed to their tenth-place finish last season and the anguish of finishing in 13th the season before.


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