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Wolves dealt Ruben Amorim setback

Wolves‘ reported hopes of appointing Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim have taken a blow, as the Portuguese manager is reportedly keen to remain with the Primeira Liga side.

Following the sacking of Bruno Lage last weekend, the Old Gold have been linked with a host of managers, as they look to turn their shocking start to the season around.

Under Lage, Wolves had won one game and scored just three goals in their opening eight Premier League fixtures, with Saturday’s defeat against West Ham leaving them in 18th position.

Amorim seemed like a logical replacement for Lage given his success in Portugal, so it was no surprise to see him listed as one of the favourites to take over at Molineux.

The 37-year-old has enjoyed a successful spell with the Green and Whites since taking over in March 2020, winning 83 of his 116 games in charge after moving from Braga.

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This included Sporting Lisbon’s first title in 19 years, so it is easy to see why he is attracting the interest of Wolves, but also easy to see why he might want to stay in Portugal, given they are currently in the Champions League, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in their last outing.

According to Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida, the young manager “doesn’t want” to leave Sporting in the middle of the season, which suggests that Wolves will have to look elsewhere for their Lage successor.

Given Amorim’s impressive career thus far, with the 37-year-old also enjoying superb win rates in brief spells at Casa Pia and Braga, it is undoubtedly a blow for Wolves that he seemingly isn’t keen on a move to the Premier League.

Amorim’s 2.28 points-per-game average at Sporting is far superior to another manager linked with the Wolves job in Julen Lopetegui.

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The former Spain boss has mustered a much less impressive 1.86 points-per-game average with current side Sevilla, while he also endured a woeful spell with Real Madrid, managing just 1.43 points-per-game despite possessing one of the best squads in world football.

What’s even more damning is the fact that his Sevilla team sit 17th in La Liga at the moment, with Lopetegui engineering a win rate of just over 14% in the league throughout 2022/23.

Therefore, Amorim would have been a far more promising appointment by the Wolves board if you consider recent success. Unfortunately, it seems that after this update they will have to look elsewhere for their new boss.

Article title: Wolves dealt Ruben Amorim setback

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