Wolves appoint Lage as manager

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    Bruno Lage won the Portuguese title with Benfica in 2019Bruno Lage won the Portuguese title with Benfica in 2019

    Wolves have appointed former Benfica boss Bruno Lage as their new manager.

    Lage was previously assistant to Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea before joining Benfica, where he won the Portuguese title in 2019.

    The 45-year-old succeeds fellow Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo, who left Wolves at the end of the season after four years at Molineux.

    "I'm happy, excited, with a big ambition to do great things for this club," said Lage.

    Nuno, who took charge at Wolves in 2017, won the Championship in his first season before guiding the club to successive seventh-placed finishes in the Premier League.

    He stepped down last month after the club finished 13th despite only signing a three-year contract extension to 2023 in September.

    Lage has been out of work since leaving Benfica last June after 18 months in charge.

    He took over the Lisbon club at the start of January 2019 and they ended the season as champions. However, the following campaign was not as good and Lage was dismissed in June 2020.

    Lage never played football professionally and began his coaching career at Vitoria Setubal's academy at the age of just 21 in 1997.

    Spells at Estrela Vendas Novas and Sintrense followed before he joined Benfica in 2004, where he managed at every youth level.

    He first moved to England as Carvalhal's assistant at Sheffield Wednesday in 2015, following him to Swansea in December 2017, before returning to Portugal at the end of the 2017-18 season to coach Benfica's B side.

    "I'm very happy. It's a big opportunity. I'm very happy because I've returned to this country, and to be the manager of a big team," added Lage.

    "I want to create a good dynamic with all the departments of the club. I have tried to link all together to start to build up the new cycle.

    "It's a good opportunity to understand what Nuno [Espirito Santo] did in these four years and my ambition is to continue and to improve what he did."

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