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Wolves have confirmed the appointment of former Benfica manager Bruno Lage as Nuno Espirito Santo's successor at Molineux.

The 45-year-old has been out of work since leaving Benfica last summer, but has now been tasked with reviving Wolves' fortunes in the top flight.

Wolves targeted Lage as they look to change direction following Nuno’s four years in charge.

The 45-year-old initially failed to get through post-Brexit regulations but, at a hearing earlier this month, Wolves won their case and he was given the green light to move to the midlands club.

Lage said: “It’s a team and a club that wants to do history and a chance to compete in the Premier League. So, I’m happy, excited, with a big ambition to do great things for this club.”

Bruno Lage has been appointed as Wolves' new manager
(Image: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC)

A move to Molineux marks a return to English football after Lage spent time as Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea.

He won the Portuguese title with Benfica in 2019 – also claiming manager of the year – before departing in 2020 after failing to defend their crown, finishing second behind Porto.

Nuno left Wolves last month having taken them from the Sky Bet Championship to the Europa League quarter-finals.

He secured successive seventh-place finishes in the Premier League after promotion in 2018 but Wolves could only manage 13th in the 2020-21 campaign.

While his departure was officially by mutual consent, owners Fosun initiated the move as they looked to the club’s long-term future.

Crystal Palace are now in talks with Nuno over the vacant position at Selhurst Park, while he has also been interviewed by Everton.

Meanwhile, Lage may be forced to let one of his key players depart the club, amid Arsenal's interest in midfielder Ruben Neves.

Both clubs have been holding discussions regarding the 24-year-old, though it is unclear at this stage whether Lage's appointment could halt any deal.

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