Wolves manager Bruno Lage has instituted several behind-the-scenes changes since taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo, according to The Athletic‘s Tim Spiers.
Wolves appointed the 45-year-old as Nuno’s successor in June. His CV included assistant roles at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City and a Primeira Liga title at Benfica (via BBC Sport).
After opening the campaign with three consecutive 1-0 defeats, Wolves landed their first Premier League win of the Lage era at Watford on Saturday.
That victory moved them up to 13th, but they actually rank fifth in the ‘justice table’ – determined by expected goals for and against (via Understat).
Spiers, who is Wolves correspondent for The Athletic, took ‘a look at the changes he’s made’.
He revealed that Lage will sometimes stay at the Compton Park training ground until the evening, while Nuno would often leave in the early afternoon.
“Everyone has methods that work for them,” Spiers stresses, but Lage has also ensured that members of his staff attend under-23 matches, whereas Nuno and his backroom team were absent from those fixtures.
Also, while ‘one-on-one meetings were rare’ under his predecessor, the incumbent manager made a determined effort to speak individually with each player during pre-season, placing an emphasis on ‘more communication’ with his squad.
We shouldn’t forget that what Nuno achieved at Wolves was incredible – not only promotion, but back-to-back seventh places and Europa League qualification – but you did get the sense that things had got just a little stale towards the end of his reign.
There is, in all respects, more energy about Wolves this season, and while they only have three points on the board thus far, fans have every reason to feel immensely excited given how they played under Lage so far.
In other news, this Wolves man has hinted at a desire to leave.
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