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Interview: What now for Wolves in a post-Nuno world?
We ask two influential fans what the near future holds for Wolverhampton Wanderers
One beloved Portuguese coach has made his exit from Molineux, and in his place arrives another, hopefully soon to be just as loved by the Black Country faithful. After a difficult season, Nuno Espirito Santo has left Wolves and is currently one of the names on everyone's lips in regards to the apparent abundance of vacant managerial jobs in England. Former Benfica coach Bruno Lage will hope for a seamless transition. The fact that half the first team squad speak his native tongue as a first language should be helpful, as it surely was for Nuno, but can the man that many Premier League fans know little about take Wolves to the next level?
We caught up with two of the biggest Wolves voices on social media - Dave from Talking Wolves and Dan from Official Wolves Fans to get their take on some of the most pertinent questions facing the club's supporters over the coming months. Here's what they had to say.
- Wolves to start pre-season schedule (and Bruno Lage era) at Crewe— Joe Edwards (@JoeEdwards_Star) June 22, 2021
- They then hope to go overseas for a training camp, if government guidance allows
- New Castore home kit to be released mid-July, and worn at Crewe #wwfchttps://t.co/jDRnHU5yyi
Q. How are you taking the news of Nuno Espirito Santo's departure?
Dave (@TalkingWolves): It has just about sunk in now. For me it was a bit of a surprise at the time but it sounds like the board were thinking about it for some time. There was a huge divide in the fan base throughout the majority of the season about the manager so there was plenty of discussion at the end of the campaign.
Q. How would you rate the performance last season?
Dave (@TalkingWolves): It was pretty disappointing. Unfortunately for Nuno, he set himself such high standards with two seventh place finishes so a dip in position/form was always going to disappoint people. The performances weren't great though and we were set up to play very negatively which made the season one to forget.
Q. What's the feeling around fans in regards to Bruno Lage's appointment?
Dave (@TalkingWolves): I think everyone is happy to back him and give him a chance. He had a great record at Benfica but of course doesn't quite have the experience of many managers. A lot of fans are hoping to see him bring his attacking brand of football that he played over in Portugal.
Q. What areas of the pitch could do with improvements via the transfer market?
Dave (@TalkingWolves): Wolves do need to add depth all across the pitch really but there are a couple of key areas that they need to strengthen. Centre back is one area that needs to be improved, especially if Wolves switch to a back four more often. The club could do with another option in the wide areas, central midfield and striker.
Wolves are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour on loan this summer but face competition from other Premier League clubs. [source: The Athletic / Michael Bailey]#WWFC | #Wolves pic.twitter.com/d1IKxWR10S— Talking Wolves (@TalkingWolves) June 22, 2021
Q. After the sales of Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota in recent times, do you see any other big players leaving the club this summer?
Dan (@WeAreWolvesFans): I wouldn’t be surprised to see Traore leave, I’d be shocked if Neves left, and disappointed. I don’t think Raul will leave, he’s already said he wants to pay the fans back for their support. But in short, I can definitely see a few big names leaving this summer, but let’s hope not!
Q. Would you be willing to let go to free up funds and space for new acquisitions?
Dan (@WeAreWolvesFans): Yes I would if that’s what we have to do, we need to freshen things up, we will get relegated if we don’t. But the only thing that confuses us Wolves fans is the fact that we have super rich owners, but we’re being told we need to sell to buy, when the likes of Villa are splashing the cash everywhere. The question is, where is the money?
Q. Are there any youngsters on the brink of breaking into the team who you think could have an impact next season?
Dan (@WeAreWolvesFans): A player I like the look of is Owen Otasowie. I’m not sure on the impact he’ll have next season, but I’d expect him to be in and around the team, he’s direct, powerful for a young lad and has a positive mindset on the pitch, he just wants to create things. That’s what I like about him. I’ve got high hopes for the US international!
Q. What would be seen as progress for the 2021/22 season among fans?
Dan (@WeAreWolvesFans): I think to see us challenging in and around the top 7 again. That’s what would be progress to us. To see better football and returning to the top half of the table. Most Wolves fans will be happy with that. In order to do that, more investment into the team is a necessity!
It will be interesting to see what happens next season with the old gold and black. Can they get themselves back into contention for the Europa League under Bruno Lage? Will we see any high profile signings coming in? Can they keep hold of their most prized assets? A lot of questions will be answered in the coming months but at the moment there seems to be cautious optimism among fans.
Wolves are all set to change goalkeepers this summer ✍️ 👀 https://t.co/o1NMMMZeTO— Wolves Live (@WolvesFC_latest) June 21, 2021
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