Wolves set to appoint Julen Lopetegui as new head coach


By Sedara Oluwadara

Wolves are set to appoint Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach within the next 24-48 hours, the Express & Star understands.

The club’s long search for a new head coach is finally set to end as the former Spain and Real Madrid boss prepares to take over at Molineux.

Lopetegui is due to be announced soon but will not begin in his new role until after the Arsenal fixture on November 12, meaning he will not take charge of any games before the World Cup break.

Interim head coach Steve Davis will take charge of the team for the home Premier League clashes with Brighton and Arsenal, as well as the Carabao Cup fixture with Leeds at Molineux.After sacking Bruno Lage on October 2, Wolves moved to appoint Lopetegui, as executive chairman Jeff Shi flew to Spain to hold talks with the 56-year-old.

Wolves were rebuffed when the Spaniard reluctantly turned down the job to look after his elderly father.

That marked the second time Lopetegui had turned down Wolves. In 2016 he was due to be Fosun’s first appointment as head coach but he rejected the role at the final moment in favour of taking the Spain national team job.

Now, it is third time lucky for Shi and Wolves as they are set to finally land their man.

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