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Former Owls assistant Bruno Lage reportedly a contender for Wolves job as Nuno replacement

According to a report by JN, former Sheffield Wednesday assistant manager Bruno Lage is a contender to become Wolverhampton Wanderers manager this summer.

The news comes after reports that current Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo could replace fellow Portuguese Jose Mourinho who is coming under pressure at Tottenham Hotspur.

Mourinho’s job at Spurs may now rest on the upcoming Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, amid a recent Europa League exit and increasingly slim top four hopes.

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Nuno, who has guided Wolves from the Championship to an established Premier League side, is a popular figure and Spurs may see him in a similar vein to Mauricio Pochettino.

The former Porto goalkeeper took over Wolves largely in part to the club’s connection with Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, and the club could follow a similar path.

Lage, who was once assistant to Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday, climbed the ranks at Benfica and became the club’s permanent manager in January 2019.

The 44-year-old won the league in his first campaign and followed that up with a Super Cup victory, though a poor second season cost him his job as he was dismissed last June.

That hasn’t dented Lage’s reputation, however, as Wolves reportedly consider him this summer.

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The west Midlands club will no doubt hope Nuno remains in charge, but the pull of Spurs with their finances, current squad and stunning stadium would be hard to resist.

Wednesday, meanwhile, will be wondering how it has all gone wrong.

Carvahal and Lage have since enjoyed success since departing the Owls, while the Yorkshire club are on the verge of relegation to League One after a dismal campaign.

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