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Wolves chariman Jeff Shi flies to Spain for talks with Lopetegui - journalist

Wolves chairman Jeff Shi is reportedly now in Spain for talks with Julen Lopetegui.

According to journalist Tim Nash, he made the trip last night ahead of talks with the 56-year-old about succeeding Bruno Lage at Molineux.

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Lopetegui has remained in the country following his sacking by Sevilla last Wednesday.

It was reported yesterday that he was spending time with family.

His father is said to have been unwell recently, and Lopetegui is keen to spend time with him.

Shi is supposedly now going to have talks with the former Spain and Real Madrid manager, and according to Nash, Jorge Mendes will also be present.

Wolves are in dire straits at the moment, and currently sit in the relegation zone after just one win from their opening nine games.

Most concerningly, the team have scored just three goals so far.

Bruno Lage had to go, and it is now absolutely vital for Wolves to make the correct appointment.

Lopetegui is the favourite for the job and is certainly the most high profile name linked.

Many supporters want to see him come in, having recognised his achievements with Sevilla – the most notable being when he won the Europa League in 2020.

For now, Steve Davis and James Collins will continue to take training and prepare the team for Nottingham Forest this weekend.

Jeff Shi must close a deal for Lopetegui as soon as possible, Wolves need a new manager ASAP

So Shi is apparently now in Spain to meet with Lopetegui, which is an encouraging update.

Hopefully the outcome of these talks will be that Lopetegui agrees to succeed Lage, and will be in place at Molineux before the game with Forest.

That might be wishful thinking though, given the family issues he is currently contending with.

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Lopetegui is also said to be an intense individual.

Apparently his inner circle believe he would benefit from a break following his work at Sevilla.

It remains to be seen whether that’s something he opts for, or if he will just jump straight back into it with Wolves.