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Benitez is keen on the Wolves job

Wolves became the latest Premier League side to part ways with their manager last weekend, with Bruno Lage sacked after leading his side to just one win in the opening eight games of the new season.

A return of three goals in those eight fixtures was the key to Lage’s demise at Molineux and with the Old Gold currently occuping 18th spot in the Premier League, the Wolves board must get their next appointment right if the club are to turn their season around.

One man who has been linked with the job is former Liverpool, Chelsea, Newcastle United and Everton manager, Rafa Benitez.

According to 90min, the Spaniard is keen for a return to Premier League management and would be open to taking the job at Wolves, having been sacked by Everton early last season.

Although the 62-year-old has an impressive CV, winning the Champions League, Europa League and two La Liga titles in his career, his recent spells in charge have been far less successful, particularly in England.

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During his time at Everton, where he was perhaps always likely to be under pressure having managed Liverpool previously, he would take charge of just 22 matches, with a shocking points per game average of just 1.14, which is worse than the 1.29 points per game Lage averaged during his time at Molineux.

A 2-1 defeat against rock-bottom Norwich City sealed his fate and he left the club in 15th position in the Premier League, with the Toffees then enduring a relegation battle for much of the season.

The last thing Wolves need is to be flirting with relegation back to the Championship this season, especially after significant investments such as Goncalo Guedes, Sasa Kalajdzic and Nathan Collins.

Benitez’s time in China also wasn’t particularly impressive, as he averaged 1.16 points per game with Dalian Professional, despite possessing players such as Marek Hamsik and Salomon Rondon.

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Even when the Spaniard was successful during his time at Liverpool, he came under criticism from Jerzy Dudek for his management style, with the Polish goalkeeper labelling his management style as “cold” and “unfair”, while he also described the manager as “hard-faced” and “inhumane”.

Therefore, given Benitez’s less than impressive recent form in China and England, Fosun could be heading for a shocking decision if they decide to hand the Spaniard the reins at Molineux.

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