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Julen Lopetegui says Tony Roberts is staying at Wolves

Julen Lopetegui has confirmed that goalkeeper coach Tony Roberts will be staying at the club as part of his coaching team.

Lopetegui has arrived at Molineux, and the Spaniard has brought in several new faces to aid him in his bid to keep Wolves in the Premier League.

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Pablo Sanz has joined as Lopetegui’s number two, with the pair having worked together for years.

Juan Peinado, Oscar Caro and Edu Rubio and Lopetegui’s son Daniel, who’ll be a performance analyst, have all also come in.

And then Fran Garagarza has joined to take up a technical advisor role.

Steve Davis and James Collins have now gone back to their previous roles with the U18s and the U21s respectively.

There had been some talk about whether Tony Roberts would leave or stay following the sacking of Bruno Lage and his staff.

It was reported recently that Roberts would initially work with Lopetegui and that a decision would then be taken.

But the new manager has already confirmed that the popular Roberts will stay in his role.

He said (via Express & Star): “Tony is staying with us. He is experienced, he is a positive man and he has a good energy. I want this type of energy around me, that’s for sure.

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“I have spoken with all the staff and they helped a lot. They told me key information about all the players and the situation for us, for me and my staff it’s very important.”

Roberts came to Wolves after the last European championships.

He has quickly established himself at Molineux as a top character, and he is well liked by all the players, especially Jose Sa, who obviously works with him directly most days.

Julen Lopetegui has made the right call keeping Tony Roberts

This is the right decision by Lopetegui.

Roberts has come in and been really good for Wolves.

You need only look at how good Jose Sa has been since his arrival from Olympiacos. Obviously he has been quality, but Roberts is the one who works with him day in, day out making sure he’s on top form. He must take at least some credit for the Portuguese stopper’s exploits at Molineux so far.

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But Roberts’ contributions extend beyond coaching Sa, Matija Sarkic and others.

He is someone all the players like just because of how he is.

You can see whenever Wolves release footage from training that he’s a great character, and it is important to have such individuals as part of the process.