Alan Hutton has suggested Bruno Lage may not be a “gamble” for Wolves thanks to his links to Jorge Mendes.
The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted prior knowledge of the squad could be “massive” ahead of the summer and next season.
As revealed by Football Insider on Wednesday (2nd June), Wolves are very confident of Lage being given the required work permit after a hearing this week.
A deal is in place for the 45-year-old to take charge but red tape has delayed his appointment.
The former Benfica boss has been recommended to Wolves by super-agent and club consultant Mendes.
Hutton suggested Lage would know many of the Wolves squad either through Mendes or during their time in Portugal.
As such, he admitted the new hire may not be a big risk despite his lack of Premier League experience.
Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think it’s always a gamble when a manager or player is coming in and they don’t know the league. They don’t know what it’s all about.
“The Wolves fans will be expecting a far better season next term because they have stuttered this season. They weren’t as good as what they have been previously.
“Obviously Mendes has always got something to do with it. He’s got his fingers in all the pies when it comes to Wolves. What I will say for the new guy coming in, he will know a lot of the players.
“That’s probably the one plus that you could give him. He’s not going into a new league with a whole squad where he doesn’t know any of that players. Where he doesn’t know what attributes, who’s good, who needs to change.
“I think with the squad that Wolves have at the moment he will know a lot of those guys. Who he can trust already before even going in. If anything, I think that’s a massive positive for them.”
Lage has been out of work since being sacked by Benfica last summer.
He already has experience in England after time as Carlos Carvalhal’s assistant at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City.