Wolves will not be announcing Julen Lopetegui as their next manager – and Bo Svensson is reportedly could reported come back into contention for the job
News broke last night that the Spaniard has decided to turn down the chance to manage at Molineux.
Lopetegui wants to focus on his family and be with his father, who is currently unwell.
The 56-year-old feels the time is not right to jump straight back into work, and informed Jeff Shi that he would be declining the opportunity.
This, after the executive chairman had flown out to Spain to try and convince Lopetegui.
It is a huge blow for Wolves, who had put Lopetegui at the top of their list.
The search for a successor to Bruno Lage now goes on, and there are already a couple of names being linked with the job.
The Daily Mail are reporting that Svensson, the current Mainz manager, could now come back into contention.
The 43-year-old took over the Bundesliga outfit in January 2021 and has been praised for the work he has done.
He steered the club away from relegation in his first season, and last term he guided Mainz to an eighth-place finish.
He has a 40% win rate so far.
Bo Svensson is a talented coach, but obviously a big risk for Wolves as Danish tactician comes back into contention
Svensson hasn’t been in the managerial game for very long.
Before Mainz, he managed Austrian outfit FC Liefering so any move to Wolves would be by far and away his biggest job.
It remains to be seen if he is someone Wolves go for.
It would be a very bold move by the club.
But he has undoubtedly done a great job with Mainz, and the work he did steering them away from relegation in his first season might be something that appeals to Wolves officials.
That experience might come in handy, given the position Wolves now find themselves in.