Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards has backed a move for Julen Lopetegui, as the club work to replace Bruno Lage.
The Spaniard is thought to be one of the top names for Wolves, who parted ways with Lage on Sunday.
Lopetegui remains the head coach of Sevilla.
But it has been reported that the Spaniard is on the brink of leaving, with Jorge Sampaoli set to replace him.
Lopetegui will take charge for tomorrow night’s game against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
But it’s expected he’ll depart soon after that.
Lopetegui appears to be a popular choice for many Wolves fans on social media.
And former Wanderers star Edwards would be happy to see the club bring in the former Spain and Real Madrid boss.
He wrote in his latest Express & Star column: “I would go for Julen Lopetegui. I know he is still in a job at the moment but I think he would be a real coup for Wolves. They are not going to go for a Sean Dyche or a Chris Wilder – that will not happen.”
The 56-year-old has been at the helm at Sevilla since June 2019.
In his first season he oversaw a fourth-placed finish and also won the Europa League, which was his first trophy as a manger.
The season after he guided Sevilla to another fourth-placed finish, nine points behind champions Atletico Madrid.
And last term, he again finished fourth.
Sevilla currently sit 17th in La Liga after a poor start, and it would appear the board feels Lopetegui has now come to the end of his cycle.
Julen Lopetegui should be Wolves’ priority, as Dave Edwards club to appoint Spaniard
It looks as though Ruben Amorim will not be an option for Wolves. He’s said he’s happy at Sporting, and would likely be too expensive anyway.
So Wanderers should focus their attention on Lopetegui, who would be a great replacement for Lage.
He’s done great work at Sevilla, continually getting them into the Champions League over the past few years.
Just because the team have had a poor start this term doesn’t make him a bad manager. Cycles just come to an end and all managers move on eventually.
Lopetegui’s time as Real Madrid manager was ill-fated. But he left a lasting impression on Toni Kroos, who said of him (via Football Espana, January 2021): “Lopetegui’s dismissal was the one that hurt me the most on a personal level because he is a first-rate coach and person.
“Honestly, I was very sorry. It was the dismissal that I felt the most of all because I was and continue to be sure of his ability as a coach and as a person. It left a bitter taste in my mouth.”
A world-class player saying that surely indicates he has something about him.