Wolves the role model for new Newcastle owners, says Bruno Lage

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Bruno Lage (Getty)

Fosun bought Wolves in 2016 and invested heavily in the squad to get championship promotion and then support Premier League football.

They’ve made several big changes to the club over the years, from the pre-game atmosphere to investments outside of football, but they have largely satisfied fans by sticking to long-standing traditions.

Head coach Lage insists identity and connection with supporters is essential and urged the new Saudi Toon owners to follow in Wolves’ footsteps and not steal the club from loyal fans.

When asked what he thought about the takeover, Lage said, “I don’t have a big opinion these days that sort of thing can happen.

“When you buy a club you can’t take the fan club, I think that’s the most important thing.

“For Wolves, we can feel it. The owner is not English but he doesn’t take the fan club or the club for what that means.

“In this case, that’s the most important thing.

“Ours is a good example, when the owner is foreign and some of the staff and some of the players, but the club is owned by the fans. They know they are there for the club and the club is there for them.

“It’s the most important thing in these situations.”

The Newcastle takeover has been controversial, given Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

Some have also condemned the huge sums of money new owners are expected to pour into the club as they strive for success.

Lage, meanwhile, also warned that money doesn’t always mean success.

Asked if the buyout made his job harder for Wolves, Lage added, “This league is very difficult. I don’t think too much about it, I’m so focused on what to do that I don’t have time to think about what’s going on at Newcastle or other clubs.

“I don’t think you can do (everything) with money. I worked in Dubai for two years and even with a lot of money you can’t change things.

“First you have to see the money coming in, then they have to convince the players to come. It’s not about money, it’s about everything around it.

“I’m not the right guy to talk about it, for sure they have people to understand and to create a path for the club for the next few years.”

Meanwhile, Lage has confirmed that Francisco Trincao will miss the trip to Villa Park tomorrow.

The winger tested positive for Covid-19 when he arrived on an international mission with Portugal last Wednesday.

He has been isolated in Portugal since and will not leave the isolation until Sunday.


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