Wolves‘ decision to hand Steve Davis the reins until 2023 already looks to have backfired after recent defeats, but Jeff Shi could save the Old Gold’s season by bringing in Ruben Amorim.
Following Bruno Lage’s sacking in early October, Wolves have been turned down by both Julen Lopetegui and Michael Beale in their attempts to find a new head coach at Molineux.
After overseeing two defeats and one win in his first three games in charge, it was confirmed that Davis would be the main man at Molineux until after the World Cup, when Wolves’ managerial search would resume.
Unfortunately, the former Crewe Alexandra boss – who had never managed above League One before Lage’s departure – already looks well out of his depth at the Premier League club, with Wolves suffering an embarrassing 4-0 home defeat against Leicester City at the weekend, with Brendan Rodgers’ side bottom of the table before the rout at Molineux.
This leaves the Old Gold 19th in the league on just nine points, with their return of five goals by far the worst in the top flight, and it feels that a significant change is needed if they want to avoid relegation this season.
One man who has been linked with the vacancy is Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim. The 37-year-old is emerging as one of the top young managers in European football thanks to his work with the Green and Whites, who he led to their first Portuguese Liga title in 19 years in 2020/21.
While it was suggested earlier in the month that Amorim had snubbed Wolves, Shi has now been handed a boost in any potential pursuit of the Portuguese manager, as The Telegraph have reported that his release clause has dropped to just £10m.
The outlet claimed that it would be a boost to Aston Villa‘s hopes of appointing the 37-year-old, but they have now hired Unai Emery, which opens the door for an approach from Wolves for the Sporting Lisbon boss.
Given that Amorim has averaged 2.24 points per game during his time with the Portuguese giants, he could instil a much-needed winning mentality at Wolves.
He definitely appears to have the potential to save the Old Gold’s season should Shi bring him to Molineux, with relegation looking like a distinct possibility under the current management team.