Julen Lopetegui emerges as Wolves’ top target after dismissal of Bruno Lage

Julen Lopetegui - Julen Lopetegui and Bo Svensson emerge as Wolves’ top targets after the dismissal of Bruno Lage - Getty Images Europe
Julen Lopetegui - Julen Lopetegui and Bo Svensson emerge as Wolves’ top targets after the dismissal of Bruno Lage - Getty Images Europe

Julen Lopetegui has emerged as Wolves’ top target after the dismissal of Bruno Lage.

Wolves are close to finalising their shortlist for the head coach to replace Lage, and Lopetegui, the Sevilla manager, is at the top of the shortlist, with Mainz’s Bo Svensson also another potential replacement.

Lopetegui was close to taking over at Wolves six years ago after the takeover by Fosun International but accepted an offer to manage the Spain national team instead.

The 56-year-old has since managed Real Madrid and Sevilla, but is set to be sacked in the next 48 hours following the latter’s poor start to the season.

Wolves remain interested in the Spaniard and will monitor the situation with Sevilla, who play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Wolves will not have to pay any compensation if, as expected, Lopetegui parts company with Sevilla.

Svensson, 43, is also under serious consideration by the Wolves hierarchy after his impressive work in the Bundesliga.

Bo Svensson - Julen Lopetegui and Bo Svensson emerge as Wolves’ top targets after the dismissal of Bruno Lage - Getty Images Europe
Bo Svensson - Julen Lopetegui and Bo Svensson emerge as Wolves’ top targets after the dismissal of Bruno Lage - Getty Images Europe

After taking charge in January last year, the former Denmark international has guided Mainz to 12th and eighth-placed finishes and earned praise for his coaching methods.

He was recently considered by Brighton before the appointment of Roberto De Zerbi but has stayed in Germany.

Wolves are still weighing up other targets and insist there will be a full selection process before they name a successor to Lage.

Pedro Martins, the former Olympiacos manager, is not believed to be a target at this stage.

James Collins and Steve Davis have taken interim charge of the first-team and they could be in the technical area for Saturday’s Premier League match at Chelsea.

Lage was sacked on Sunday after a dreadful run of just one victory from the last 15 matches. Wolves have also scored only three goals in the league this season despite spending over £100 million in the transfer window.