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Wolves heading for disaster with Di Francesco

Wolves have been linked with a wide range of managers following the sacking of Bruno Lage last weekend but few options would be as poor as Italian coach Eusebio di Francesco.

What’s the word?

According to 90min, the former Roma boss has emerged as one of the favourites to take over from Lage at Molineux, with talks reportedly having already taken place.

The Old Gold are said to be seriously considering a move for the 53-year-old, although they will face competition from Bournemouth, who are still yet to appoint a new manager after the inexplicably early sacking of Scott Parker.

Di Francesco would represent a cheaper option than most, as he is currently a free agent after leaving Hellas Verona more than a year ago.

Worse than Lage?

The fact that he was sacked after just four games with the Seria A side, and has been unable to find a new job since should be a significant deterrent for Fosun as they look for a Lage heir at Molineux.

Would Di Francesco be better than Lage?

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Yes

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While Di Francesco has done well with Sassuolo and Roma in the past, his three most recent jobs have all been far from successful, with the Italian manager mustering a significantly worse points per game average than Lage did at Wolves.

He would win just one of four matches at Hellas Verona, five of 26 at Cagliari and two of just eight at Sampdoria, never averaging more than one point per game, which suggests that he has well and truly lost his touch.

Lage, by comparison, would average 1.29 points per game during his time at Wolves and while fans think that it couldn’t get much worse at the moment, Di Francesco’s recent history suggests that it definitely could.

With Wolves currently occupying a relegation spot in the Premier League, the last thing they need is to appoint a manager who will bring a losing mentality to Molineux.

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Considering Di Francesco has lost a remarkable 24 of his last 38 matches as a manager, across three different clubs, it would be a disaster if Wolves appointed him.

Indeed, they could do with a long-term approach and on the evidence of the Italian, he hasn’t been able to stick around for long in his last few vacancies.