Wolves journalist Liam Keen has given his view on the future of Bruno Lage following the start to the season that the team have made.
Lage has only been in charge of the club for a matter of months and was always going to have a tough job following in the footsteps of former boss Nuno Espirito Santo after the impressive job that he did during his tenure at the club.
This has left Wolves languishing in the relegation zone after just three games, and whilst it’s far too early to say that they are in a relegation battle at this point in the season, if results don’t start to pick up, then there might be some questions being asked about the new man and his future.
Keen spoke about this possibility on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast as part of a discussion about his future and what the situation might look like around Christmas. He felt that based on the owners’ record when it came to managers, he wouldn’t be surprised if the club did look to make a change if things looked similar to the way they are now:
“If they’re in the bottom three, then potentially [questions would be asked]. If they’re, I don’t know, 15th/16th and they’re within touching distance but have got, a little bit of a distance between them [and the bottom three] as well, I wouldn’t say necessarily he will go.
“But again, Fosun have been, and can be, ruthless if they want to, and they’ll make a decision if they think it’s right. I wouldn’t be surprised if that did happen. But I also wouldn’t want to see Wolves get into the habit of hiring and firing so quickly. So he needs results, simple as that.”
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Keen is right to take this line of thought when it comes to Lage and his future, especially given Fosun’s history in being quick to get rid of managers if things aren’t going so well.
And given how much is stake when it comes to Premier League survival – especially with regards to money and the prestige at being in arguably the biggest league in the world, as well as the kind of players that the club can attract because of that, it is crucial for them to stay in the division.
So if things don’t look good as the season carries on, those two factors combined means that we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of Lage being out of the door at Molineux sooner than we were perhaps initially anticipating.