After Nuno Santo announced that he’d be resigning from his position as Wolves manager, Fosun didn’t hang around in their pursuit of a replacement.
The Old Gold clearly had a contingency plan in place and they’ve never once diverted from their number one target; Bruno Lage.
Lage was undergoing a work permit hearing last week that he successfully passed as he bids to become the new manager of Wolves.
Tim Spiers issued a fresh update on the situation of the Portuguese at the start of this week. He took to Twitter to reveal that it was only a matter of time before he was given the keys to Molineux.
The Athletic journalist commented: “Bruno Lage contract details being finalised, should be announced as Wolves’ new head coach later this week. Backroom team will take a little longer to confirm, work permit process might take that into next week.”
When it became apparent that Nuno would be leaving the club after four successful years in the Midlands, fears were rightfully apparent.
The former goalkeeper had taken the Old Gold from a mid-table side in the Championship to one on the periphery of European football after being promoted to the Premier League.
Nuno had done a number of wonderful things in the Midlands, developing young players for the future and building an identity that should remain in place for years to come.
Therefore, to have a deal for Lage on the verge of completion after such a quick turnaround should have the hierarchy elated.
With the transfer window rapidly approaching, they needed someone in place swiftly before they started missing out on targets and big fees for their best players.
Without a manager, negotiations over the Spaniard’s future will have drawn to a halt while their recruitment plans will have been left in the dust.
Fortunately, the 45-year-old is close to a switch and can already start thinking about who he wants to bring with him to England.
Lage is similar to Nuno in a few ways. They’re both clients of Jorge Mendes but crucially, he knows how to develop young players.
That should be particularly appealing for the likes of Pedro Neto and Fabio Silva.