After four years and 199 games at the helm of the Wanderers, Espirito Santo announced his departure from the midlands club last week ahead of the final game of the season against Manchester United.
The Portuguese manager has enjoyed a largely successful stint at Wolves in which he has been able to achieve promotion to the English top-flight as well as guiding Wolves to a Europa League quarter-final.
Wolves have been plagued by injuries this season, however, with their main men expected to return in time for the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, the vacant role at Molineux could offer a manager a great foundation to make a push for European football.
Lage the bookmaker’s favourite
Bruno Lage definitely ticks one of Wolves’ criteria in the fact that he is of the same nationality as a large portion of their squad. The Portuguese coach has previous experience in the Premier League as assistant manager at Swansea in the 2017/18 campaign in which they were relegated.
However, the 45-year-old has since managed Benfica where he was able to get his hands on both the Portuguese title and the Portuguese Super Cup. Although Wolves are not likely to be challenging for the Premier League, Lage would bring some experience of European football with eight Europa League and six Champions League games under his belt.
The trend of Portuguese candidates continues with Paulo Fonseca and Sergio Conceicao the next favourites behind Lage. Fonseca will be replaced by former Tottenham hotspur manager Jose Mourinho at the end of the current campaign while the hot-headed Conceicao continues to prove a controversial figure in Portugal with runners-up Porto.
At odds of 8/1, Sky Bet clearly have a feeling former Liverpool and Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez could be tempted by a possible return to the Premier League. The Spaniard worked wonders with the Magpies in getting a fairly average side up to a 10th-place finish and his heroics at Anfield goes without saying.