Former Sheffield Wednesday figure's first words after huge Premier League switch

One of the figures central to Sheffield Wednesday’s double playoff near-miss is a Premier League manager.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 12:37 pm

Bruno Lage who was Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant manager at Hillsborough from 2015-17 before joining him at Swansea City, has taken on the job having left Portuguese giants Benfica.

He is tasked with taking the Midlands side to new heights after the success enjoyed by his countryman Nuno Espirito Santo, who in turn has been tipped to take on the vacant manager’s job at Crystal Palace.

His first words to Wolves fans were published on their club website and read: “First of all, 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.

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Former Sheffield Wednesday assistant boss Bruno Lage is set for the top job at Wolves.

“It’s a team and a club that wants to do history and a chance to compete in the Premier League. So, I’m happy, excited, with a big ambition to do great things for this club.”

Wolves have a strong Portuguese influence from the boardroom to the changing room.

Lage went on to say: “I’ll be trying to know everyone, to see what the club has to offer, and my first idea is to try to link everyone together.

“I want to create a good dynamic of group, with my staff, with all the departments of the club. I have tried to link all together to start to build up the new cycle.

“I think 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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