Bruno Lage: Wolves set to confirm former Benfica boss as new club manager after Nuno Espirito Santo exit | Football news

Bruno Lage is expected to be confirmed as Wolves’ new manager following the granting of a work permit.

The Midlands club were finalizing contracts and work permits for Lage’s backstage staff on Wednesday with an official announcement expected in the coming days once those issues are resolved.

Lage, who has been out of work since leaving Benfica 11 months ago, was the club’s number one pick following the surprise departure of Nuno Espirito Santo from Molineux last month.

The 45-year-old flew to London for talks with Wolves president Jeff Shi and technical director Scott Sellars last week to start negotiations over joining the club.

The former Benfica boss replaced Rui Vitoria in January 2019 and won the Portuguese top flight in his debut season, but the club relieved him of his post last summer.

Nuno Espirito Santo left Wolves at the end of the season

Nuno left Molineux after four successful seasons with the Midlands club in which he guided them towards promotion to the league in 2018. The Portuguese helped secure Europa League places in his first two top seasons.

But a 13th place finish and poor form in 2020/21 saw him leave the club by “mutual agreement” at the end of the campaign.

The 47-year-old is expected to start talks with Everton to resume his vacant management post after Carlo Ancelotti left Goodison Park on Tuesday to return to Real Madrid, while he also had a series of talks with Crystal Palace after the departure of Roy Hodgson.

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