Julen Lopetegui was one of the first names to be linked with the Wolves job following Bruno Lage’s sacking and the chances of luring the former Spain boss to Molineux have just increased.
What’s the word?
Reports have suggested that the 56-year-old has emerged as the leading candidate for the Old Gold vacancy and that only seems likelier after Wednesday evening’s events.
Following a 4-1 home defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, Lopetegui was relieved of his duties at Sevilla and will now be free to make the move to the Premier League with Wolves should all parties agree on terms.
An awful mistake
Considering Sevilla’s less-than-impressive form this season, both domestically and in Europe, Wolves could be heading for a big mistake by appointing the Spaniard in light of his recent sacking.
Sevilla currently sit 17th in La Liga, having finished fourth last season, winning just one of their opening seven league games and leaking 13 goals.
Will Lopetegui be good for Wolves?
The Rojiblancos have also been extremely disappointing in the Champions League, shipping four goals at home against both Dortmund and Manchester City, while they could only muster a 0-0 draw against FC Copenhagen, meaning a return to their favoured Europa League is looking on the cards.
Considering Wolves have also endured a shocking start to the Premier League season, winning just once and scoring a measly three goals, it seems strange that Fosun are keen to appoint Lopetegui, as surely they would want an experienced-winner at the helm as they look to turn their season around.
Lopetegui has also struggled with Real Madrid in the past, averaging a shocking 1.43 points per game with Los Blancos before getting the sack less than four months into the role. Indeed, being axed by a club’s ownership seems to be a dismal trend that follows the 56-year-old tactician around.
It was no surprise to see Spanish publication Marca label him as “awful” after a heavy defeat in El Clasico and while he has recovered his reputation somewhat by winning the Europa League with Sevilla, his performances this season will not fill Wolves fans with hope.
His record of 0.6 points per game this season was worse than Lage’s (0.75), so it is difficult to see how he will improve their form should he be appointed, but after his sacking on Wednesday, it seems most likely at this point in time that he will be the man to replace Lage at Molineux.