Wolves are considering the future of head coach Bruno Lage after the club’s underwhelming start to the season.
Lage’s position is under serious threat after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham United during which his substitutions were booed by supporters and the Wolves board are now set to hold talks over whether to end his 15-month reign.
Wolves spent over £100 million in the summer in a substantial recruitment drive, which included the eye-catching captures of Portugal internationals Matheus Nunes and Goncalo Guedes, plus former Chelsea forward Diego Costa.
Yet their start to the season, and results towards the end of the last campaign, have placed Lage in jeopardy and Wolves are now weighing up making a change.
Since the victory over Aston Villa on April 2, Wolves have picked up just one win from the last 15 Premier League matches and lost nine of them.
Wolves had been determined to give the former Benfica manager more time, with a number of winnable games coming up in October, but there is growing frustration over results and performances following such a busy summer. Lage apologised to the away supporters last night after snubbing them at the full-time whistle to head straight down the tunnel.
The overriding feeling with Wolves’s owners, Fosun, is that Lage should be doing far better with arguably the best team the club has assembled in the top division since their return four years ago.
Wolves have also scored just three goals in the league this season.
Lage finds himself under growing scrutiny, with supporters singing "You don't know what you're doing" following the withdrawal of Matheus Nunes and Nelson Semedo in a second-half double-substitution.
At the full-time whistle, only five Wolves players went over to acknowledge the away support, with Ruben Neves holding his hands up to a chorus of cheers in what appeared a heartfelt apology.
The rest of the side - along with Lage - made a hasty retreat back to the dressing room after shaking hands with their opponents, and the head coach accepted it was not the right reaction to a disappointing result.
“They need to respect the fans, because the fans have been there since the first minute to support us,” Lage said.
“The only thing I can say is that I’m sorry about the situation. We’ve tried to solve these little problems we have and at the moment we aren’t getting points or goals, but we are working hard for them.
“We can promise that we will talk about that because the fans are the most important thing for the club. They are the soul of the club. We go to the pitch to run for them.
“They are there to support us and I feel their support. In the end, we need to show respect to our fans and go there to say thank you for the support they are giving.”
Lage, 46, was appointed before the start of last season following the departure of Nuno Espírito Santo, but this defeat leaves them in the bottom three ahead of a trip to Chelsea next weekend.
"We're under pressure," Lage added. "[We will] continue to work. I know the fans support us. We try to do our best for them. We’re in a bad moment, we don’t have goals or victories. We need to continue to work. I can promise we will work hard every day to bring good games and victories for the team.
"Look, we’ve played eight games. Look how many we lost when we had a striker in the team.
"[We were trying] to be more aggressive in the middle and win second ball. To try to open up Adama Traore on the side. Chem Campbell had two or three good situations. I’m very proud of what we did."