Wolverhampton Wanderers FC have sacked Manager, Bruno Lage after 16 months in charge following Saturday’s defeat by West Ham United.
Gatekeepers News reports that the decision has come after high-level meetings in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at the London Stadium, which raised renewed questions over the former Benfica boss.
Wolves have won just one and lost nine of their past 15 Premier League matches under the Portuguese and the West Ham United defeat left them in the bottom three.
Lage succeeded Nuno Espirito Santo last summer and led Wolves to a 10th-placed finish in his first season in charge.
Lage’s side have only scored three goals and picked up six points from eight games this season.
Wolves have lost eight Premier League away games – their worst top-flight run since 2011-12.
The club hierarchy felt the current run of form was a poor return having spent an excess of £100m on new players this summer.
They brought in Portuguese internationals Goncalo Guedes and Matheus Nunes, with the latter bought for a club record fee of £38m, £15m summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic damaged knee ligaments days after his move from Stuttgart and key striker Raul Jimenez suffered knee and groin injuries in a pre-season friendly.
A comfortable win over Tottenham enhanced Bruno Lage’s status and the transition from Nuno Espirito Santo seemed complete. Since then, Wolves have collapsed – undone by two old failings: an inability to score and the difficulty transitioning away from Nuno’s three-man defence.
“The only thing I can say is that I’m sorry about the situation,” Lage said in his final post-match news conference as manger.
“We’ve tried to solve these little problems we have and at the moment we aren’t getting points or goals, but we are working hard for them.”
Lage’s replacement will be Wolves’ third Premier League manager since Terry Connor in 2012.
It seems unlikely that Wolves will have a new man in place for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.