WOLVS MANAGER BRUNO LAGE was sacked on Sunday after his club had slipped into the Premier League relegation zone 24 hours earlier.
Wolves have won just once in eight Premier League games this season and Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham left them at the bottom of the table.
“Bruno is an excellent coach, a hard-working and dedicated manager and a warm, wise and honest man,” said Wolves chairman Geoff Shea.
“He and his staff have been a pleasure to work with throughout their time at Wolves, so it is with great sadness that we have had to make this difficult decision.”
Wolves are the lowest scorers in the top flight with just three goals, prompting their fans to taunt Lague with chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing” during their defeat to West Ham.
Wolves have lost nine of their last 15 Premier League matches under Lage, who won the Premier League title in his first season in charge of Benfica in 2019.
“To be honest, I have no doubts about Bruno’s ability and I’m sure he will be successful elsewhere, but the team’s form and performances over the last few months mean we have no choice but to act,” Shea said.
“On behalf of everyone at Wolves, I would like to place on record our gratitude to Bruno and his coaching team for all their efforts during their time at the club and wish them all the best for the future.”
Lage led Wolves to 10th place last season after replacing Nuna Espirito Santo in June 2021.
But the 46-year-old has paid the price for a string of underwhelming performances this season despite a significant summer investment in new contracts from Chinese owners Fosun.
The Wolves have parted ways with head coach Bruno Lage.
We would like to thank Bruno and his coaching team for their efforts during their time at the club and wish them all the best for the future.
— Wolves (@Wolves) October 2, 2022
Wolves spent more than £100 million ($111 million) on Saša Kalajdzic, Mateusz Nunez, Gonzalo Guedes and Nathan Collins, while Diego Costa and Boubacar Traore joined as a free agent and on loan respectively.
However, Kalajdzic suffered a long-term injury on his debut, while fellow forwards Hwang Hee Chan and Raul Jimenez were also sidelined.
Assistant managers Steve Davies and James Collins will prepare the Wolves squad this week ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.
Pedro Martins, the former Olympiacos coach, has been linked with a move to Wolves to replace Lague.
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