Wolverhampton Wanderers could well be set to have to wait to name their successor to former boss Bruno Lage, according to recent reports.
What’s the word?
As per talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook, the Midlands outfit are currently in talks regarding a deal for ex-Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, although any appointment is not set to be made in time for this weekend’s clash with Nottingham Forest.
Writing on Twitter about the ongoing search for a new head coach, amid negotiations with Lopetegui, the journalist stated: “Talks well underway but told it is unlikely at this stage Wolves will have a new manager in the dugout this weekend.”
The 56-year-old – who had been a target for the Old Gold back in 2016 – is seemingly the preferred candidate for the club at present, having only recently become available after being relieved of his duties by the La Liga side.
Real frustration for Fosun
It will no doubt be a real source of frustration for the Molineux faithful and the club’s ownership group, Fosun, that the managerial search is set to drag on, particularly amid a hectic run of fixtures that could well see the club’s current slump continue unless a change is made at the helm.
Wolves are currently languishing in the relegation zone after picking up just six points from their opening nine Premier League games, with the now-departed Lage having been sacked following the defeat to West Ham United a few weeks ago after recording just one win in 15 top-flight games stretching back to last term.
Will Lopetegui be good for Wolves?
That miserable run of form has left the club now fearing for its safety in what is their fifth successive season back in the top tier, with a return to the Championship seemingly unfathomable for a club who were competing in the latter stages of the Europa League just a few years ago.
As such, a fresh face in the dugout is no doubt needed sooner rather than later to help reverse the club’s fortunes, with Fosun likely hoping to see the cliched managerial bounce effect come into play as a result of a new appointment.
An ideal first meeting for an incoming coach – be it Lopetegui or another – would seemingly have been Saturday’s encounter with fellow strugglers Forest, with that crucial clash with Steve Cooper’s side likely to have offered a great chance to claim a debut triumph.
As per Crook’s report, however, it looks as if the interim figures of Steve Davis and James Collins will remain in charge for the visit of the Garibaldi, with that a frustrating scenario as far as the Old Gold are concerned.