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New target emerges as Wolves chase big-name Nuno replacement

Reports claim Wolves have added Rangers boss Steve Gerrard to their list of potential replacements for Nuno Espirito Santo.

Nuno announced on May 21 that he would be leaving Molineux at the end of the season after four years at the helm. It was a successful stint for the Portuguese coach. After gaining promotion from the Championship, he has helped established the West Midlanders as a solid Premier League outfit.

But they are now on the lookout for a new boss and the rumour mill is already turning. It has been claimed that club bosses want former Benfica chief Bruno Lage to replace his compatriot.

The 45-year-old has experience of English football, having worked as an assistant coach at both Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City. But there are issues surrounding whether or not he would be granted a work permit.

Other names are sure to surface and one of those is Liverpool and England legend Gerrard. The 41-year-old has just completed his third season in charge of the Glasgow giants.

And it was a memorable one as the Gers ended Celtic’s domination of the Scottish Premiership with an unbeaten league season. That has led to speculation that a few clubs south of the border want his services.

And The Athletic claim that Wolves fall it that category. It is clear that Gerrard is an ambitious manager and wants to replicate the success he had as a player while in the dugout.

Things have gone well at Ibrox and it is likely the man who won 114 England caps will remain with the Scots. Wolves will need to convince him about their project and are reportedly also targeting Gerrard’s former England colleague Frank Lampard.

He is out of work after being sacked by Champions League winners Chelsea back in January.

Gerrard only has eyes for Liverpool

Ever since he opted for a career in management, most things have pointed to Gerrard managing Liverpool. He played 17 seasons for the Reds, making 710 appearances and scoring 186 goals.

The Merseysider admits he still leans on advice given from Jurgen Klopp about management. And it may be that one day he sits in the Anfield dugout to coach his beloved club.

But that is for the future and it may be that he works at a different Premier League outfit before returning ‘home’. Whether or not that is Wolves only time will tell but he would be a popular appointment with his success rate.

He has won 112 of 170 games as Rangers manager. While Scotland’s top division does not have the depth of quality seen in England, it is still an impressive statistic.

Nuno’s Wolves’ win-rate was 47.74 per cent. And a repeat of that figure would be welcomed by the returning Molineux faithful.

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