Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards says he has been impressed by Julen Lopetegui’s adaptability.
The new head coach won’t take his first game for another month yet. But he has already impressed a lot of Wolves fans with how he has come across before the media.
Lopetegui started work just over a week ago at Molineux, and last Monday he did his first press conference.
it was an impressive performance, from a man seemingly refreshed and ready to go after a month or so out of the game
Lopetegui had a difficult personal situation to dela with after leaving Sevilla.
But that situation has improved, which was ultimately the catalyst for him taking the Wolves job.
Lopetegui has a lot of work to do to improve Wolves.
But he’s said all the right things so far, and Edwards is confident following his first press conference last week.
He said (Express & Star): “He is an elite-level manager and the way he speaks is very precise in what he wants to achieve.
The way he talks about different parts of the game – he is not a manager that just has one style.
“He will change to his environment, depending on what his team is like or who they are playing against – he has all that adaptability which really impresses me. In general, his comments are positive.”
Lopetegui first game as Wolves manager will come against Gillingham in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on December 20.
Julen Lopetegui’s adaptability will stand Wolves in good stead
One of the reasons Lopetegui is a top coach is because of his ability to change to his environment.
Sometimes there was a feeling with Bruno Lage that there was no plan B.
The Spaniard is a lot more experienced that Lage, and it’s reasonable to assume that he will have a lot more alternative ideas than his predecessor.
His comments so far have certainly been positive.
But it’s about translating it all into action now, and getting a tune out of a crop of players who have so far underwhelmed in 2022/23.