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Wolves are actively searching for a new permanent manager after Nuno Espirito Santo decided to leave. According to the bookies most likely a Portuguese manager will take over. Several big names are out there, but Bruno Lage is the hot favorite to replace Nuno. Here are our thoughts on Lage and the rest on the shortlist to consider when you place a bet on the next Wolves manager.
Nuno Espirito Santo has stepped down after four seasons with Wolves. He announced his departure from the club days before the season ended. The success he achieved with Wolves will always be remembered, especially when he guided the team to the Europa League quarter-finals in 2019-2020.
But who has the ability and best chance to step into Nuno’s shoes? With so many Portuguese players at Wolves, you can only see a Portuguese manager, as per online sportsbooks in Portugal. On the shortlist there is Bruno Lage, Sérgio Conceição, and Paulo Fonseca. However, it seems Lage is very close to signing a deal, and for many, it is about when rather than if. So, should you place a safe bet on the next Wolves manager you may choose Lage.
Bruno Lage is in serious talks with Wolves
The 45-year-old left his job as Benfica’s boss last June. He remained jobless but many observers at online sportsbook news sites in Portugal consider Lage about to start a new journey. Wolves have been in serious talks with him as their new manager. The negotiations have reached an advanced stage. It is most likely due to Jurge Mendes’ role, one of the world’s most powerful agents.
Lage as a well-respected Portuguese manager stands at a 1.01 value to get the job very soon, as per 32Red Sportsbook. However, you should keep in mind that the Brexit regulations might be an obstacle for hiring Lage.s backroom staff. That may stand in the way of the possibility for Lage to take over. If an agreement cannot be reached, few other candidates might step in.
Sergio Conceicao is another great Portuguese manager
Should Wolves seek an alternative to Lage, Sérgio Conceição, Porto boss can be a great option. He has been excelling as manager, winning two league titles with Porto and reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season. However, he was very close to taking over Napoli but then the decision came out for Luciano Spalletti to lead Napoli next. So, Conceicao remains available and you may choose him when betting on the next Wolves manager with 15.00 odds.
Paulo Fonseca has just left Roma
The 48-year-old is another name frequently suggested with 15.00 odds to become Wolves manager. Fonseca is leaving this summer with Jose Mourinho set to replace him. So, it will be very easy for Wolves to bring him in.
Looking at his 2021 campaign, Fonseca took Roma to the Europa League semi-finals this season. But, he failed to secure a seat in Serie A top five. Thus, there will be no Champions League or Europa League for Roma next season.
Rafael Benitez will be happy to return to Premier League
The Spaniard is not among the favorites, but if he takes charge of Wolves, he will strengthen the team’s defense in an impressive way. He will likely be happy to take the Wolves job with 17.00 odds, as he declared his will to return to the Premier League.
If you wish to see the entire list of candidates to take charge of Wolves, check out the review about 32Red Sportsbook.