Wolves SACK Bruno Lage after slipping into relegation zone

Wolves SACK Bruno Lage as owners react to slipping into the relegation zone… and replacement is unlikely to be in place before they face Chelsea next weekend

  • Wolves manager Bruno Lage is the latest Premier League boss to be sacked
  • Former Olympiacos coach Pedro Martins, is among those who want the job
  • Wolves are unlikely to have a new manager in place before facing Chelsea 

Bruno Lage has become the third manager to lose his job in the Premier League after he was sacked by Wolves on Sunday.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham was Wolves’ fourth of a campaign in which they have scored just three times in the league, despite owners Fosun backing Lage with £100million in the summer transfer window.

Wolves are in the bottom three and their next fixture is at Chelsea on Saturday. They have been studying possible successors but have not ruled out placing a coach already on the staff, such as Under-21 coach James Collins or his Under-18 counterpart Steve Davis, in charge for next Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.

Bruno Lage, pictured during his last game before his Wolves sacking away at West Ham

MailOnline reported on Sunday morning that the Portuguese was under significant pressure after winning only one of his final 15 league games across this season and last, and Wolves moved to dismiss him later that day.

While Lage has had little luck with injuries – summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic damaged knee ligaments on his debut while fellow striker Raul Jimenez remains sidelined – the form since last spring has been alarming.

Sportsmail understands Pedro Martins, the former Olympiacos coach, is targeting a move to the Premier League. Martins is thought to have links to Jorge Mendes, head of the powerful Gestifute agency who have a strong relationship with Fosun.

Both Lage and his predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo are Gestifute clients, as are many of the Wolves squad.

Former Olympiacos coach Pedro Martins is interested in a move to the Premier League club

Lage was brought to Molineux at the start of last season to replace Nuno, and had Wolves in the race for European football for the first half of the campaign before their form collapsed.

He has tried to bring a more attacking style this season, switching from a back three to a back four and allowing club legend Conor Coady to join Everton on loan. But Wolves have looked toothless for much of the campaign, even though they have top talent like Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes and Pedro Neto in the squad.

They also brought in former Chelsea forward Diego Costa on a free transfer following the injuries to Kalajdzic and Jimenez. Neto, meanwhile, faces a spell on the sidelines after sustaining an ankle injury at West Ham.

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