Reports over some Wolves players being unhappy with manager Bruno Lage’s tactics are concerning, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The Lowdown: Disappointing end to the season
It has been a positive season overall for the Old Gold, with Lage doing well in his first year in charge, but there is no denying that their season has fizzled out.
The players appear to have run out of steam in their quest for European football, claiming just two points from the last 18 on offer during a six-match winless run, with Sunday’s laboured 1-1 draw at home to Norwich City in the Premier League summing up their struggles.
It has been claimed that some Wolves players are unhappy with Lage’s current tactics, with a decision to move away from a three-man defence not going down well.
The Latest: O’Rourke reacts to Lage claim
Speaking to GiveMeSport, O’Rourke gave his thoughts on what he believes is a worrying situation at Molineux. He stated:
“It’s never good when you hear these reports, player mutiny over a change of style and change of tactics. Bruno Lage has been in there one year now, and I think he’s done a really good job.
“Obviously, Wolves have played the 3-5-2 for a long time under Nuno as well, so maybe Bruno Lage is thinking of mixing things up as well.”
The Verdict: Far from ideal
Once players start to show any sign of unrest, it is always a concern, with managers having the potential to lose a dressing room and never regain their players’ trust or respect.
However, the hope is that this current situation has been overblown and that the squad will accept Lage’s tactical tweak moving forward once they work on it during pre-season.
If the players have truly turned on their manager, though, it is easy to envisage a scenario where it eventually leads to his demise, which would feel harsh given the good job he has done so far at Molineux, improving considerably on their 13th-placed finish from last term under Nuno Espirito Santo.
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