Wolves widen the net in their search for Nuno's replacement

Wolves widen the net in their search for Nuno Espirito Santo’s replacement as owner Jeff Shi is told to consider all options – not just Jorge Mendes clients – after Bruno Lage talks

  • Wolves are on the lookout for Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor as manager 
  • Ex-Benfica boss Bruno Large was interviewed for the role earlier this week
  • Both Lage and Santo are represented by renowned super-agent Jorge Mendes 
  • Sportsmail understands owner Jeff Shi is being encouraged to look at all options

Wolves chairman Jeff Shi is being encouraged to give serious consideration to a wide range of managers as he seeks a successor to Nuno Espirito Santo.

Former Benfica boss Bruno Lage – who, like Nuno, is part of Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes’ stable – was interviewed for the role earlier this week although he is not the only candidate, with an appointment not expected until next week or even the following one.

It remains extremely likely that the next coach will be a Mendes client, given Wolves’ close ties with his Gestifute agency. 

Wolves owner Jeff Shi is being encouraged to pick from a wide range of new managers

Ex-Benfica boss Bruno Lage, another Jorge Mendes client has been interviewed for the role

Yet Sportsmail understands there is also a feeling at Molineux that the whole manager market should be examined closely, and not only those who have strong links to Gestifute.

Shi spoke earlier this month about Wolves’ relationship with Gestifute in a supporter question-and-answer event, published on the club’s website.

He said: ‘We will choose to work with [who can provide the best service to us] so it’s not about reliance on anyone, even Jorge Mendes my good friend.

Super-agent Mendes also represents Nuno Espirito Santo (middle) who is leaving Wolves

‘We don’t work only with Jorge, we work with many different agencies. It is our value, our favour to pick the right guy to help us. So when you have a good agent and a not-so-good agent, who will you pick?

‘To protect the club, to help us to have a fair deal, [where] the terms are easy to negotiate with and always providing us good choices, who will you pick? Of course, you will pick the best one.

‘When you have already had some kind of experience for first-class seats, you will not go back to economic seats, so that’s the truth.’

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