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Next Wolves manager: Lage successor agrees terms, as reason Nuno return collapsed comes to light

QPR manager Michael Beale

TEAMtalk has learned QPR manager Michael Beale has agreed terms to become the next Wolves manager, and why a Nuno Espirito Santo return fell through has come to light.

Wolves called time on Bruno Lage’s stint over a fortnight ago on October 2. Wolves were the lowest scorers in the league at the time of his dismissal, a fact that has not changed under caretaker boss Steve Davis.

Recently axed Sevilla boss, Julien Lopetegui, quickly emerged as a primary candidate to fill the void.

However, when the Spaniard opted against moving to Molineux, the return of former boss Nuno Espirito Santo shifted into focus.

Nuno led Wolves to successive seventh place finishes between 2018-20 and would represent a safe pair of hands if appointed.

However, Nuno is currently managing Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad and TEAMtalk has been told buying him out of his contract has proved too expensive for Wolves.

Instead, QPR’s Michael Beale has emerged as the leading contender to take the reins.

The 42-year-old impressed in three assistant manager roles at Sao Paulo, Rangers and then Aston Villa.

He was a key member of Steven Gerrard’s coaching set-up at the latter two clubs and was rewarded with the QPR job on June 1.

Beale has worked wonders at Loftus Road, with QPR currently sat sixth in the Championship and inside the play-off positions.

Michael Beale agrees to become next Wolves manager

However, according to our sources, Beale has spoken to Wolves on at least two separate occasions and has agreed personal terms to become the next Wolves manager.

While that part of the appointment is wrapped up, Wolves still have work to do in other areas.

Beale is under contract at QPR until 2025 and an agreement must be reached to buy him out of his deal.

We understand his deal does contain a release clause, though at what price point it’s set at isn’t yet clear.

The Athletic also confirm Beale’s contract contains such a clause, while both Wolves and QPR are said to be ‘mindful’ of the fact Rangers play Cardiff City tonight (Wednesday).

They note official contact between the two clubs hasn’t yet been made. However, it’s suggested that situation will quickly change.

Given Beale has agreed personal terms and his QPR deal contains a release clause, Wolves should have no problems getting the man they seek.

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