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Chelsea handed major Wolves update after Bruno Lage sacking ahead of Premier League clash

Matthew Debono

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Chelsea handed major Wolves update after Bruno Lage sacking ahead of Premier League clash

Wolves will be without a manager for their Premier League clash against Chelsea after they confirmed the sacking of Bruno Lage. 

Following a 2-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday afternoon, Wolves made the decision to part company with Lage after 16 months in charge at Molineux. 

Wolves currently sit in 18th place in the Premier League after eight matches played, having won just one of their matches at the start of the 2022/23 league campaign. 

Wolves have sacked head coach Bruno Lage, the club announced following their 2-0 defeat to West Ham. (Alamy)
Wolves have sacked head coach Bruno Lage, the club announced following their 2-0 defeat to West Ham. (Alamy)

The club confirmed the 46-year-old’s departure on Sunday evening, with chairman Jeff Shi admitting: “Bruno is an excellent coach, a hardworking and dedicated manager, and a warm, wise and honest man.

“He and his staff have been a pleasure to work with throughout their time at Wolves, so it is with much sadness that we have had to make what has been a difficult decision.

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“I honestly have no doubts about Bruno’s ability, and I’m sure he will succeed elsewhere, however the team’s form and performances over the last few months mean that we have no choice but to act.

“On behalf of everyone at Wolves, I would like to place on record our gratitude to Bruno and his coaching team for all their efforts during their time with the club, and wish them the very best for the future.”

Their next league clash comes next Saturday when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, which will be Graham Potter’s first as Blues head coach since his arrival last month when he succeeded Thomas Tuchel.

Potter earned his first league win on Saturday following Conor Gallagher’s stunning late strike against his former side Crystal Palace to clinch a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park to move Chelsea into fifth. 

Chelsea will face AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge, and then will host Wolves in the capital. 

Chelsea manager Graham Potter (right) during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. (Alamy)
Chelsea manager Graham Potter (right) during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. (Alamy)

And as per the Wolves statement, coaches Steve Davis and James Collins will prepare the team for the encounter. 

The statement added: “Wolves can confirm that experienced coaches Steve Davis and James Collins will prepare the team this week for the trip to Chelsea.”

Wolves will also be without Ruben Neves who is suspended following an accumulation of yellow cards.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea, Premier League

Matthew Debono
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