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Journalist claims Lopetegui unlikely to be in the Wolves dugout against Nottingham Forest

Julen Lopetegui is ‘unlikely’ to be in the dugout for Wolves this weekend against Nottingham Forest.

The Spaniard is the club’s top target to replace Bruno Lage at Molineux, and Jeff Shi is currently said to be in Spain.

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The 56-year-old has just left Sevilla having been in charge there since the summer of 2019.

He did brilliant work with the club, but struggled this season and left having overseen just one victory. He has now been replaced by Jorge Sampaoli.

Wolves fans had been hoping that, following the defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, a deal for Lopetegui might be imminent.

But it has been reported that Lopetegui is spending some time with his family, and is with his father who has been unwell recently.

TalkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has reported on the chances of Lopetegui being in the dugout for this Saturday’s game with Forest.

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He said on Twitter: “Talks well underway but told it is unlikely at this stage #Wolves will have a new manager in the dugout this weekend.”

That will mean Steve Davis and James Collins will take the team at Molineux, as they did at Stamford Bridge.

The pair have been working with the team since Bruno Lage was sacked on October 2.

It is possible Wolves could announce Lopetegui before the game, but it does appear his chances of actually being on the touchline are slim.

Frustration for Wolves, but completely understandable

It is frustrating that Lopetegui can’t come in right away, given the team is in dire straits right now.

But it is obviously completely understandable that he wants to spend time with the family.

Apparently he spent a lot of time away from them during his time working in Seville.

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It is what it is, and the Wolves players just have to get on with training hard ahead of Forest under Davis and Collins.

This is a time now where players that are perhaps on the fringes, or in danger of losing their starting berths to step up.

Davis and Collins will be feeding back to Lopetegui if it is him to come in. So even though he isn’t there just now, these are still very important days.