Wolves confirmed the appointment of the former Benfica boss on Wednesday, less than three weeks after the announcement that Nuno Espirito Santo would leave the club after their final game of the season.
Lage certainly has some big shoes to fill after the incredible job that Nuno did at the club, taking them from the Championship to back-to-back 7th-placed Premier League finishes. And speaking on the Express and Star’s YouTube channel, Edwards felt that given the incredible work done by Nuno and how his time at the club ended, that Lage needs to start this upcoming season well in order to put his mark on things:
“He will be there for the start of that [pre-season training in early July], he’s got time to get his philosophy across, hopefully get some players in before that first ball is kicked next season, and as you say, get off to a good start.
“People are still reeling a bit from what happened with Nuno and after that change, I think there is an onus on Bruno to start well. Of course you’ve got to get behind him but it’s so important for any new manager coming in and Bruno included to have at least a decent start, an encouraging start, and you start to see signs of where he wants to take Wolves.”
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The pressure doesn’t just come from the fans and their relationship with Nuno and how it might take some time to adjust to a new face as it were, that pressure can also come from the top.
The owners of the club have shown that they can be ruthless when it comes to the man in charge, the first manager that they had after they took over in 2016 Walter Zenga was sacked after just 87 days, and if there isn’t that bounce back towards where the club were under Nuno in his first two years, then it’s not impossible to think that the same fate might meet Lage.