Wolves 'to hold formal talks with Julen Lopetegui in the coming days'

Wolves ‘set to hold formal talks with Julen Lopetegui in the next few days’… with ex-Sevilla manager in line to replace sacked Bruno Lage having been axed by Spanish side himself after horrendous start to season

  • Wolves set to enter into formal talks with Julen Lopetegui in the coming days 
  • Lopetegui accepted the manager role at the club in 2016, but changed his mind 
  • He was fired by Sevilla on Wednesday night, and is set for new talks with Wolves 
  • Wolves are looking for a new manager after ousting previous boss Bruno Lage 

Wolves ‘are to hold talks with Julen Lopetegui in the coming days’, with a view to finally bringing in the former Sevilla manager to Molineux, according to a new report.

Lopetegui, 56, accepted the manager role at Wolves in 2016 – but was tempted away to take charge of the Spanish national team.

Six years on, the Midlands club need a new manager after firing Bruno Lage last weekend, and Lopetegui is now available after being dismissed by Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Julen Lopetegui is set for formal talks with Wolves about taking over their vacant manager spot

Wolves manager Bruno Lage was removed from his post on Saturday after a poor run of form

Wolves are now set to hold formal talks with Lopetegui and his agent Jorge Mendes, as part of a thorough recruiting process for Lage’s replacement, according to The Athletic.

During his time at Sevilla, the club finished in the top four in the league three times in a row, and won the 2020 Europa League.

However, this season has been much tougher, with the club in 17th place in LaLiga, and Lopetegui was told he was being let go before their 4-1 loss at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Sevilla fans gave Lopetegui a standing ovation despite the defeat, in respect of the success that he has brought to the LaLiga side since joining in the summer of 2019.

Lopetegui was given a standing ovation by Sevilla fans despite defeat on Wednesday night

Discussions with Wolves are likely to include talks about whether Lopetegui, who has previously managed Real Madrid and Porto, is ready to take on another job so quickly.

Wolves are set to be led by Under-21s coach James Collins and Under-18s boss Steve Davis for Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.

Jorge Sampaoli is set to begin his second stint as Sevilla boss, replacing the ousted Lopetegui

Meanwhile, Sevilla have moved quickly to get former Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli, who is set to accept an offer to begin his second stint with the club.

Sampaoli’s availability was made known to Wolves, but chairman Jeff Shi was always keen on Lopetegui, even before he was offficially ousted from the LaLiga side.

Whilst Saturday’s fixture is probably too soon for a new man in charge at Wolves, the club could have someone in place by the time they host Nottingham Forest on October 15.

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