‘Would seem strange’: Wolves told hiring 52-year-old manager is a big ‘risk’


Former Premier League midfielder Danny Murphy believes Wolves would be “taking a risk” in hiring Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui to replace the sacked Bruno Lage at Molineux, speaking to talkSPORT (October 5, 11am).

Lopetegui’s biography says one thing, his reputation another.

When you consider that the 52-year-old has previous spells at Porto, Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, while leading Sevilla to Europa League glory at the expense of Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan, you’d be forgiven for wondering what Wolves have in store.

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However, that doesn’t tell you that Lopetegui lasted just 14 games at Real Madrid; fired after losing as many games as he won. The Spaniard did not win a single trophy during his two years at Porto.

And with Sevilla suffering their worst start to a La Liga season in over 40 years, the handkerchiefs are out in force at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan; the drop in results is the final straw for a coach who has already come under fire for a painfully pedestrian style of play.

Lopetegui, critics say, is not pulling Sevilla forward but holding them back.

Wolves are considering Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui after sacking Bruno Laga

“I don’t even know if he speaks English. It would be a risk,” says Murphy, formerly of Liverpool, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur. “But isn’t any meeting a risk?”

“You have to turn the Wolves around quickly. It would seem strange not to take advantage of the larger possibilities.’

However, former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan is far more positive in his assessment of the coach who has guided Sevilla to three consecutive top-four finishes in Spain’s top flight.

“You can’t manage your national side, a side like Spain, and then land at Real Madrid, albeit unsuccessfully, and not be of a certain calibre,” points out Jordan. “If that means being someone who can move on from the wolves, then you need to think hard about it.

“The guy was operating at a very high level. He managed the national team for two years. He pulls no punches and he’s not a ‘line toer’.”

Interestingly, Lopetegui came close to taking over at Wolves in 2016, during Fosun’s first summer at the Molineux helm. He is now expected to leave Sevilla shortly after their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.

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