52-year-old keen on Molineux job, thinks one Wolves star is ‘extraordinary’
Former Olympiakos manager Pedro Martins is “interested” in a move to England, while Premier League strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers are in the market for a man capable of taking over from the sacked Bruno Lage, according to the Express and Star.
Available right here, right now. It boasts impressive results at European level. A proven winner with a connection to the Molineux board. One already well known to several members of the current Wolves squad?
Yes, Pedro Martins certainly ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to Wolves’ managerial search. If not all of them.
Unlike Sergio Conceicao or Ruben Amorim, for example, the 52-year-old can be offloaded immediately without having to pay a large compensation fee. He was sacked, more than a little harshly, by Olympiakos a few weeks ago despite leading the Greek giants to three consecutive Super League titles, playing a key role in the development of Jose Sa and Daniel Podence.
Could Pedro Martins replace Bruno Lage at Wolves?
According to the Express and Star, Wolves are unlikely to face many obstacles if they decide to make Martins their number one choice after sacking Bruno Laga on Sunday. The former Braga boss, a native Portuguese speaker, has links to super agent Jorge Mendes. And so Wolves’ Chinese owners, Fosun International.
The well-travelled Iberian is said to be excited at the idea of working alongside compatriots Goncalo Guedes, Matheus Nunes, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and co. in the Black Country. He recently turned down a move to ambitious Championship side Hull City.
“Of course he’s ready (to train at the highest level),” former Olympiakos playmaker Podence once said of the man who took his game to a whole new level in a £16.6m move to Molineux nearly three years ago.
The admiration between player and coach also goes both ways.
“His free spirit makes him very strong in one-on-one situations,” Martins said of Wolves’ number ten, returning the compliment.
“I believe he is ready (for the top) and I think so is Jose Sa. He is extraordinary.”
Former Watford boss Javi Gracia is reportedly next in contention at Wolves. Just like Carlos Carvalhal. Amorim, meanwhile, would cost £20m if Wolves wanted to release him from his contract with Sporting Lisbon (The Sun).
Struggling Wolves face a daunting trip to Chelsea next weekend. They are currently in 18th place with just one win from six matches. No team has fewer than three goals. At least Diego Costa looked sharp off the West Ham bench on Saturday.
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