Wolves ‘are considering Bruno Lage’s future’ after a fourth defeat of the season at West Ham saw them slide into the relegation zone with Molineux chiefs ‘growing frustrated with the team’s struggles’ despite splashing out £100m on signings this summer
- Wolves have endured an abysmal start to the season after heavy summer outlay
- Bruno Lage’s future at the club is said to be in serious doubt after latest loss
- The Portuguese saw his side slip to their fourth defeat in eight games this term
Bruno Lage’s job is said to be in serious danger after Wolves lost their fourth game of the season at West Ham on Saturday evening.
After a heavy summer outlay that saw the club spend £100m on new signingsin a view to revamping the squad in Lage’s image, Wolves are currently in the relegation zone having slipped to their latest defeat.
According to The Telegraph, the club hierarchy are growing frustrated at the team’s struggles with talks planned over whether or not to end the Portuguese’s tenure after just 15 months.
Bruno Lage’s job is on unsteady ground after Wolves slipped to their latest defeat of the season
The latest defeat at West Ham showed little signs of improvement from the performances prior to the international break, with Lage’s side looking toothless in attack and brittle when pressed and surged upon.
Having spent large sums in the summer and bowed to Lage’s wishes over player departures, the hierarchy must now consider if they trust the manager they handed the reigns to a little over a year ago to get them out of their current plight.
The signings of Goncalo Guedes and Matheus Nunes appear to have done little to make Wolves more potent going forward, while Diego Costa, on his first appearance for the club against West Ham looked threatening, his lack of fitness is unlikely to mean he is the magic bullet Wolves have been looking for.
In addition to the club’s poor start this term, the side’s form in the final few months of last season is reportedly being considered by the club’s hierarchy in their assessment of what to do in the immediacy.
Since April 2, when they beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Molineux, Wolves have only won one of their 15 games in the Premier League.
Speaking after the latest loss, Lage accepted that more needed to be done to improve their fortunes and said that ‘pressure’ was there with supporters chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ after he withdrew Nunes and Nelson Semedo together in the second half.
Lage faced opposition from the travelling support after his substitutions in the second half
He said: ‘We’re under pressure.
‘[We will] continue to work. I know the fans support us. We try to do our best for them. We’re in a bad moment, we don’t have goals or victories. We need to continue to work. I can promise we will work hard every day to bring good games and victories for the team.
‘Look, we’ve played eight games. Look how many we lost when we had a striker in the team.
‘[We were trying] to be more aggressive in the middle and win second ball. To try to open up Adama Traore on the side. Chem Campbell had two or three good situations. I’m very proud of what we did.’
Supporters cried ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ when Lage took off Matheus Nunes and Nelson Semedo
Meanwhile, Matt Murray, a former Wolves player doing punditry for Sky Sports, seemed reticent to defend Lage in the face of mounting criticism from both those connected to the club and from those outside.
He said after the game: ‘I’m concerned, yeah, I am. Because there’s been a big turnover of players, big characters out of the dressing room. At the moment [it is looking like a relegation fight],’ he said.
‘Chelsea is the next game, you’d love to see Diego Costa go back there but after that there’s a few games that have got to pick up results, they have to pick up results against those teams.’
Lage now faces an agonising wait to find out if he will be backed anymore by the board