Wolves confirm Lopetegui appointment and start date as chairman explains why he was ‘number one choice’

Julen Lopetegui Sevilla boss Credit: Alamy
Julen Lopetegui Sevilla boss Credit: Alamy

Julen Lopetegui has finally been confirmed as the next manager of Wolves, who have revealed when he will start his new job.

Wolves sacked Bruno Lage last month and soon turned to Lopetegui as an ideal successor after the Spaniard lost his own job with Sevilla. However, at first, they could not appoint him while he spent time with his family.

The Midlands outfit have since been led by caretaker manager Steve Davis. In the meantime, other managerial targets have slipped away.

Hence, they recently resumed talks with Lopetegui, whom they have now managed to appoint. Their club statement has confirmed he will commence work on November 14. Hence, Davis will still be overseeing their three remaining games before the World Cup break.

After that, Lopetegui – subject to a work permit – will get to work as Wolves’ new boss. He will be preparing for his first game in charge against Everton on Boxing Day.

Wolves have not confirmed the length of the contract Lopetegui has agreed to.

In joining the club, though, he has reunited with his former Porto midfielder Ruben Neves, ex-Spain striker Diego Costa and former Spain youth international Jonny.

Lopetegui will have to work hard to revive the fortunes of a squad that currently sits 19th in the Premier League table and therefore in the relegation zone.

But with his pedigree as a Europa League winner with Sevilla, whose route to glory in 2020 included a win over the Molineux side, Wolves will be hoping he can be the right man for the job.

Wolves explain Lopetegui appointment

Wolves chairman Jeff Shi said via their official website: “Julen is a top coach, with excellent experience at an elite level of the game, and we are very pleased to have agreed a deal to bring him to Wolves.

“Since the very beginning, Julen has been our number one choice to manage Wolves, and we look forward to welcoming him and his team when they join us in the coming weeks.”

Lopetegui, a former goalkeeper who had brief stints with both Real Madrid and Barcelona, began his coaching career in 2003.

He has held roles with Rayo Vallecano, various Spain youth teams, Porto, Real Madrid and Sevilla, as well as leading his own national team at senior level.

Now, the 56-year-old is taking on his first challenge in the Premier League.

Before he gets to work, Wolves will contest home games with Brighton, Leeds and Arsenal under Davis’ guidance.

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