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Wolves set to miss out on Pedro Martins

Wolves‘ shortlist for Bruno Lage replacements at Molineux looks set to get a little shorter, with reports suggesting that Championship side Hull City are set to appoint Pedro Martins.

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Previous claims had suggested that the former Olympiacos boss was one man who could take over at Wolves after Lage was handed his marching orders following the 2-0 defeat against West Ham last weekend.

But now, The Athletic claim that the 52-year-old is set to join Hull City in the second tier, with the Tigers also managerless after they sacked Shota Arveladze.

Wolves avoiding a howler

In truth, Wolves should be setting their sights higher than Martins, who has been without a club since leaving Olympiacos in January.

During his time with the Greek giants, he would take charge of 221 matches, of which he won 143 with an impressive points per game average of 2.13, winning the league on three occasions.

He has also worked with the likes of Jose Sa and Daniel Podence during their time in Greece, but other than in a league which Olympiacos are expected to win, Martins’ managerial career has been very ordinary.

The 52-year-old started out at Maritimo in Portugal before spending time with Rio Ave and Vitoria Guimaraes in the same division, never averaging more than 1.55 points per game.

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He has no experience of working in England and while he might be Portuguese so could communicate well with Wolves’ large lusitanic contingent, there is little to suggest that he would be an improvement on Lage, who had worked at a higher level than Martins in Portugal with Benfica.

The fact he is willing to take a job at Hull, who are currently 20th in the second tier, suggests that the Premier League may have been a step too far for Martins, and Fosun may well be dodging a bullet by not having him as an option.

The Old Gold will have to turn their attention towards other targets, such as Ruben Amorim and Bo Svensson, now that a move for Martins is seemingly off the table.

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