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Wolves confirm Steve Davis will stay in interim charge until 2023

Wolves have confirmed that Steve Davis will now remain in interim charge of the first-team until 2023.

The former U18s boss will continue to take the team now until at least after the World Cup in Qatar. He will be assisted by James Collins and Tony Roberts.

The development comes after Wolves were unsuccessful in their pursuit of Mick Beale today.

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Wanderers made him their new number one target after failing to lure Julen Lopetegui.

But the 42-year-old has decided to stay at QPR, who are currently top of the Championship.

The development has left Wolves fans very frustrated on social media.

Bruno Lage was sacked almost three weeks ago now. It is somewhat surprising that a permanent successor hasn’t come in.

And currently, Wolves are struggling on the pitch.

The 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night means the pressure is very much back on.

Something needs to change quickly, because Wolves are heading for a relegation battle playing the way they are at the moment.

It will be on Davis to steady the ship, and hopefully the players now start to put in some performances for him.

Executive chairman Jeff Shi said (via Wolves official): “In the short time Steve and his team have been in interim charge of the first-team, we have already seen improvements to the group, with the players responding well to their methods and the changes they have started to implement.

“Steve understands the culture and standards set at this club, and we want to give him and his team clarity on their positions and allow them the best possible opportunity for success.

“While there are no outstanding candidates to appoint on a permanent basis to the head coach position, we have complete faith in their ability and leadership to continue their roles into the World Cup break and new year.

“We have no plans to rush our search for a new permanent head coach and will not compromise in any way our approach to appointing the person we believe to be the perfect fit for our club, our squad and the role of head coach at Wolves.”

Prior to Wolves’ statement this evening, the Telegraph had reported that former Molineux defender Rob Edwards, 39, could have joined Davis, Collins, and Roberts in an interim coaching role.

The statement does state that the club ‘will look to extend the coaching team in the coming weeks to provide additional support’.

This is an extremely risky move by Wolves

So Wolves have decided to put their faith in Davis to try and steady the ship.

It is a very risky move from the club, who clearly didn’t account for being turned down by two candidates in Julen Lopetegui and Beale.

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Hopefully, the players knowing definitively that Davis will be in charge for the next couple of months will see them all knuckle down now. It does remove the element of the unknown at least for the time being, which could be a good thing.

Meanwhile, the club have got to keep working away behind the scenes to try and appoint the best possible successor to Bruno Lage.