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Wolves set for another Julen Lopetegui approach

Journalist Alan Nixon has dropped an important Wolverhampton Wanderers manager update…

What’s the news?

That’s according to a report by the journalist in The Sun which claims that Wolves will make another approach for Julen Lopetegui.

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The 56-year-old snubbed the Old Gold following his sacking from Sevilla, citing family reasons, however, Jeff Shi looks as though he is set to make another attempt at bringing him to the Premier League.

This is despite the club announcing that Steve Davis will remain in charge until 2023 at the earliest, but this latest news might alter those plans.

Better than Bruno Lage

Lage led Wolves to a top-half finish last season, but he was sacked following just one win in eight league matches this campaign.

Lopetegui could be an upgrade on Lage, with his coaching CV taking in teams such as Real Madrid, Porto and the Spanish national team.

Over the course of his career, he has averaged 2.02 points per match with his teams scoring a total of 682 goals across his 368 matches at a rate of 1.82 a game.

Lage has a poorer points-per-game average of 1.84, although he has managed significantly fewer matches than the Spaniard.

With Wolves’ goalscoring woes evident over the previous two seasons – scoring just 38 times last season and six so far this campaign – Lopetegui has a history of his teams scoring plenty and thus, would be an excellent appointment for the Old Gold.

Despite winning just one managerial honour, the 2020 Europa League title with Sevilla, his big game experience would stand him in good stead at Molineux.

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The club needs a boost, and quickly if they are to stave off the fears of relegation. Davis has registered just one victory so far and although he has had plenty of issues to deal with, if things don’t turn quickly, Fosun could make their move for Lopetegui sooner rather than later.

The former goalkeeper might not be everyone’s favourite to take over, especially when Wolves were looking at Michael Beale, who turned them down, but there is no denying Lopetegui’s experience and ability to get a tune from his forward players.

Writer Veronica Commey has dubbed the 56-year-old “an incredible coach” previously and there is no doubt the club should be doing all it can to bring him to England, as he looks a certain upgrade on the underwhelming Lage.

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