Wolves are seemingly edging closer to appointing Pedro Martins as their new manager after a move for Julen Lopetegui fell through.
Last week, it seemed extremely likely that the Old Gold would appoint Lopetegui following his sacking at Sevilla, only for him to turn down Wolves’ proposition due to his father’s ill health.
It also looked as if Martins would join Hull City in the Championship, however that move would also fall through, and reports suggest that he is now in negotiations with the Molineux outfit as they look for their successor to Bruno Lage.
According to Portuguese news outlet Mais Futebol, everything points to an agreement between Martins and Wolves, with the two parties now well underway with their talks.
Martins recently left Olympiacos where he enjoyed “immense success” – in the words of Greek reporter Kostas Lianos – winning three league titles in his final three seasons with the club. He only left after a rare blip in Champions League qualifying against Maccabi Haifa in the summer, a side who bested Juventus in the last round of fixtures.
During his time with the Greek giants, Martins would take charge of 221 matches, of which he won 143, drawing 43 and losing just 37 with a points-per-game average of 2.13, which suggests that he knows how to get the best out of his players and would bring a winning mentality to Wolves.
By comparison, Wolves’ top target Lopetegui would win just 90 of his 170 games at Sevilla, averaging a far poorer 1.85 points per game, while his form this season was horrific, with just one win in ten games, which was very similar to Lage at Wolves.
Martins also has the added bonus of being Portuguese, so will easily be able to communicate with Wolves’ vast Portuguese contingent, while he also managed Jose Sa and Daniel Podence during their spells with Olympiacos, with the latter seemingly a big fan of his management style.
He said: “What makes him special is the way he leads. The relationship with the players, the fact that he knows and understands everything that happens to them, but also the intelligence with which he prepares the games. He is a humble man, simple and easily accessible.
“Of course he is ready. Although Olympiacos is as big a club as most Premier League clubs. The quality here will not be a problem for him and will have good results.”
Therefore, he would appear to a much better overall option than Lopetegui, and supporters will be hoping that he can be the man to help arrest their slump and push them back up the Premier League table.