Wolverhampton Wanderers still want Julen Lopetegui and are preparing to launch another move for the Spanish coach.
Wolves sacked Bruno Lage back on October 2nd, just 24 hours after a 2-0 defeat away at West Ham United.
Their managers search became something of a farce though.
Lopetegui turned down the job after leaving Sevilla, Michael Beale rejected the move in order to stay at QPR and a deal for Nuno Espirito Santo to return never got off the ground.
That means Steve Davis is still in caretaker charge but with results hard to come by, Wolves may need to push the boat out.
Wolverhampton Wanderers still want Julen Lopetegui
Lopetegui looked like the nailed-on replacement for Lage.
Wolves have wanted him for years and their position became available just as Lopetegui was leaving Sevilla.
Yet few really knew that Lopetegui’s father was ill over in Spain and the former Real Madrid boss chose to take time out of the game to look after him.
There hasn’t really been an update on Loeptegui’s father and his condition but Wolves may well have another go.
The Sun report that Wolves are launching another move for Lopetegui in the hope of finally getting him on board.
What may work in Wolves’ favour here is the World Cup break.
That period of time gives Lopetegui the opportunity to focus on his family with the intention of returning to management with Wolves after the World Cup or even at the start of 2023.
Lopetegui, 56, guided Sevilla to another Europa League title in 2020 and won just shy of 53% of his games in charge of the club between 2019 and 2022.
It’s also worth noting that Lopetegui coached Wolves star Ruben Neves at Porto and Neves himself has been quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that Lopetegui is a ‘special coach’.
Wolves clearly haven’t given up hope just yet and having failed to land their alternative targets, they will instead hope to convince the original top choice.
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