Bruno Lage has been named the Barclays Manager of the Month for January 2022.

The Portuguese is having an impressive debut season in the Premier League and led his Wolverhampton Wanderers side to victory in all three of their January matches, earning him the accolade for the first time.

“I’m very proud because it was a good month for us,” Lage said. “The performance of the team, it was very good and we achieved three wins.”

He guided Wolves to their first ever Premier League win at Old Trafford, a 1-0 success against Manchester United, and he picked that result as the standout last month.

Lage said: “It was an amazing performance because we had that personality to not to be afraid of anything, to play our game, and we played very well.”

Wolves followed that up by beating Southampton 3-1 and claiming a 2-1 victory at Brentford.

Flying high

It leaves the Midlands club just four points outside the top four, but Lage is focused on their own performances and identity rather than a push for European football.

“We want to continue to win, to find the right consistency with personality, to play our game,” he said.

“And, also, to continue to be, not just the Manager of the Month, but the right man and the right manager to my players, to my chairman and also for the fans.

“So, that’s the goal, every day to be the best man, to be the right man in the place to take Wolves to a better position.”

Lage is the first Wolves head coach to claim the award since his countryman Nuno Espirito Santo did so in October 2020.

The 45-year-old won after votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of football experts, beating Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Dean Smith.


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