Wolves LOWER Bruno Lage as owners react to slipping into relegation zone… and replacement likely out of place before facing Chelsea next weekend
- Wolves manager Bruno Lage is the latest Premier League boss to be fired
- Former Olympiacos coach Pedro Martins, is one of those who want the job
- Wolves are unlikely to have a new manager before they face Chelsea
Bruno Lage is the third manager to lose his Premier League job after being sacked by Wolves on Sunday.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham was Wolves’ fourth in a campaign in which they scored just three times in the competition, despite owners backing Fosun Lage with £100million in the summer transfer window.
Wolves are in the bottom three and their next game is in Chelsea on Saturday. They’ve been studying potential successors, but haven’t ruled out the possibility of a coach already being placed on the staff, such as under-21 coach James Collins or his under-18 counterpart Steve Davis, who will be in charge for next Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.
Bruno Lage, pictured during his last game before his Wolves dropped out of West Ham
MailOnline reported on Sunday morning that the Portuguese was under considerable pressure after winning just one of his last 15 league games this season and the last, and Wolves decided to sack him later that day.
While Lage has had little luck with injuries – summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic damaged knee ligaments on his debut while fellow striker Raul Jimenez is sidelined – his form has been alarming since last spring.
Sports post understands that Pedro Martins, the former Olympiakos coach, is aiming for a move to the Premier League. Martins is said to have ties to Jorge Mendes, head of the powerful Gestifute agency that has a strong relationship with Fosun.
Both Lage and his predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo are Gestifute customers, as are many of the Wolves squad.
Former Olympiacos coach Pedro Martins is interested in a move to the Premier League club
Low was brought to Molineux at the start of last season to replace Nuno, and had Wolves in the running for European football for the first half of the campaign before their form collapsed.
He has tried to bring a more attacking style this season by moving from a back-three to a back-four and loaning club legend Conor Coady to Everton. But Wolves have seemed toothless for much of the campaign, even though they have top talent such as Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes and Pedro Neto in the roster.
They also brought in former Chelsea forward Diego Costa for free after Kalajdzic and Jimenez’ injuries. Neto, meanwhile, has been sidelined for a while after an ankle injury at West Ham.