There was something quite comforting about being ‘part of the pack’, wasn’t there?
Maybe that was part of the problem. Maybe that’s why Bruno Lage is Wolves’ new head coach and why Nuno was told to move on…
…Wolves don’t do comfort, do they? It’s not in our nature.
Wolves go on the attack with purpose, ripping their adversaries to shreds before sizing up another victim.
It’s what Hancocks and Mullen used to do back in the day wasn’t it, and it didn’t do Stan Cullis any harm. Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves.
Bruno Lage’s record in Primeira Liga with Benfica was played 48, won 38 and 131 goals scored. A big, bad wolf.
Like life, football swings in pendulums and by the end, maybe the place we left behind was too deferential for an animal with a big appetite. That’s not to say we won’t howl affection at Nuno if he ever does return, but sometimes even the best philosophies can date.
After all, scientists still revere Newton, even if Einstein proved he got it wrong about relativity and stuff. No hard feelings, Isaac.
Maybe Nuno was more of a philosopher anyway. Wolves don’t waste time philosophising when there’s some unsuspecting pray to get their teeth into, do they? I’m sure as hell Fosun didn’t do much dreaming either, even if it was for free.
If Lage has a mind like Einstein then we’ll all be happy, while I sense that Jeff Shi will be content if we hunt in a few more numbers from now on (rather than lone Traore forays, as seemed to be the case). It pains me to admit it, but I think I understand.
Fosun will have known for some time now that Lage is a man who plays football on the front-foot and has cultivated youth prospects like Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo during his time at Benfica academy.
When managing the first team, he opted for a back four and built a team around the precociously talented Joao Felix – with good reason. His title win in 2019 was nothing short of breathtaking, as Benfica rattled in 100 + goals, becoming the first Portuguese side in 56 years to do so.
Apparently, it all went wrong the following year when they sold a superstar and bought a misfiring striker for mega-bucks. (Sound familiar?!)
Some of us will be underwhelmed by Lage, others will be warming to him, while I sense Fosun will be more preoccupied with the thought of us baring our teeth again.
In other words: If Lage stands beside us, respect him. Whoever stands against us, attack them!