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Report: Wolves could yet appoint new manager before 2023

Wolves could go back on their decision to keep Steve Davis in interim charge until 2023 and appoint a new manager in the coming weeks.

That was the claim from the Express & Star this afternoon.

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Wolves have had sorry start to the 2022/23 season, and sacked Bruno Lage at the start of October following a poor run of results.

The club first attempted to replace him with Julen Lopetegui. But the Spaniard declined the opportunity in order to be with his father, who is battling illness at the moment.

The club then moved for Mick Beale, but the Englishman opted to stay at QPR.

Following that second rejection, Wolves put out a statement informing supporters that Davis would remain in interim charge until 2023.

But now the Express & Star is reporting the club could yet make an appointment before the end of the year, following the awful 4-0 defeat to Leicester City.

It is stated that Wolves had actually paused their search for a new head coach. But Sunday’s result has apparently encouraged Molineux officials to make an appointment if the right candidate becomes available.

If latest claim about search for new manager is true, then that is inexplicable from the Wolves board

If it’s true that Wolves had actually stopped their active search for a new manager following the failure to land Beale, then that is absolutely ridiculous.

Getting a permanent replacement for Lage should be the biggest priority at the moment.

It is clear to see that the players need some direction and motivation.

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The idea that Fosun and the Wolves officials thought they could just pause the search at this moment in time is deeply worrying. The club is sleepwalking towards relegation right now.

There should never have been an announcement about Davis staying in interim charge, when it is so clear a new permanent head coach with experience needs to come in.

Leave him in charge by all means. But don’t then just stop looking for a new manager because you’ve said he’ll be in charge until 2023.

Aston Villa sacked Steven Gerrard, and days later they appointed Unai Emery. A small compensation fee was paid to Villarreal, and there was no messing around.

Their rapid swoop for the Spaniard simply makes an absolutely mockery of Jeff Shi’s claim there were ‘no outstanding candidates’.