Wolves were dealt a blow in their search for a new manager on Tuesday evening, as Julen Lopetegui turned down an offer from the Old Gold.
The former Spain boss, who was sacked by Sevilla last weekend, was widely expected to take over at Molineux ahead of the weekend but he now won’t be moving to the Premier League, which leaves Wolves in a precarious position as they look to find the best possible heir to Bruno Lage.
Liam Keen, who reports for the Express and Star, confirmed the news on Twitter, saying:
“Julen Lopetegui has turned down the chance to take over as Wolves head coach. His elderly father is unwell and he decided this afternoon not to take the job.”
It seems likely that the Old Gold will continue with Steve Davis and James Collins in the dugout when they face Nottingham Forest at Molineux on Saturday and considering the importance of that match with regard to their respective positions in the Premier League, it is undoubtedly a blow that they couldn’t get Lopetegui in.
However, his recent form with Sevilla and Real Madrid does little to suggest that he would have been a success at Wolves, so while it is damaging in the short term, it may well be a blessing in disguise in the long term for Fosun.
He also struggled during his time with Los Blancos, registering a shocking 1.43 points per game despite managing some of the best players in the world, so it is hard to see how he would have turned things around at Wolves considering their severe lack of confidence in front of goal in recent times.
While Lopetegui has impressed in the past, winning the Europa League with Sevilla, his side looked bereft of any confidence this season and bringing in a manager on the back of some awful form would have been a big risk for a side currently occupying a relegation spot in the top flight.
Therefore, while it is a less-than-ideal situation at Molineux, avoiding Lopetegui may be best for the club’s hopes of remaining in the Premier League this season.