Julen Lopetegui got his first win as Wolves manager on Tuesday night – and he was something of a livewire on the touchline.
The Spaniard oversaw a 2-0 win over Gillingham in the Carabao Cup.
Wanderers are into the quarter-finals of the competition, and will discover who they play next later tonight.
Wolves were not great at all at Molineux.
It’s very clear there is still a lot of work to be done. But it’s obviously still early days.
Winning was all that mattered last night. To have been on the end of a giant-killing would have cause many fans to panic.
Lopetegui will now turn his attention to the game against Everton on Monday night.
And it will be fascinating to watch him on the touchline, as it was on Tuesday night against the Gills.
The Athletic have reported about his antics in the dugout, and it’s clear the former Sevilla head coach is a big presence.
Lopetegui was described as ‘measured’ before the game had kicked off. But once the contest had started, he was very much in game mode.
As Wolves struggled to break their opponents down, he became ‘noticeably more agitated’ and ‘visibly frustrated’.
He bellowed orders, and paced around his technical area. At points, he could be seen shouting at the fourth official and the linesman.
Gillingham’s time-wasting antics annoyed him, and on several occasions he tapped his watch to signal his frustrations.
Brilliant to see Lopetegui’s emotion and passion on the touchline for Wolves
Lopetegui is a classy, respectful and humble man. That has been absolutely clear from his appearances in interviews, press conferences and behind-the-scenes footage.
But it’s also clear he has fighting spirit and a burning passion for the game.
Having a big personality on the sidelines is surely going to be really good for the players.
He is what has been needed at Molineux for some time.
The players had ultimately checked out under Bruno Lage. But Lopetegui seems to be somewhere in the middle of Lage and Nuno, which might just be the perfect balance.