1. FSV Mainz 05 v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - Bundesliga


Wolves next manager latest: Julen Lopetegui and Bo Svensson top targets to replace Lage

Julen Lopetegui and Bo Svensson are reportedly two of the top targets to replace Bruno Lage for Wolves.

According the Telegraph this evening, Wanderers are considering Lopetegui of Sevilla, who is seemingly on the verge of leaving after a poor start to the new season.

The Spaniard has overseen just one win so far in La Liga, with Sevilla sitting just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

Also on Wolves’ radar is Svensson, who is currently managing Bundesliga outfit Mainz.

Svensson, a former Denmark international centre-back, is said to be ‘under serious consideration by the Wolves hierarchy after his impressive work in the Bundesliga’.

The 43-year-old took charge last January and led Mainz to a 12th placed finish at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Last term, he guided the club to an impressive eighth-place finish.

Supposedly, Brighton considered appointing him before deciding on Roberto De Zerbi.

Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images

The Telegraph add that there will be a full selection process as officials seek the right successor to Lage.

It has been suggested that a new man will not be in place before this weekend’s game with Chelsea.

Other names to have been linked with the job so far include Ruben Amorim, Vitor Pereira and even Carlos Carvalhal.

Interestingly, the Telegraph add that Pedro Martins is actually not currently in the frame for the job.

A new name in the frame in Bo Svensson as Wolves step up bid to replace Bruno Lage

Svensson has not been in the managerial game for very long. But he has earned serious plaudits for the work he has done over in Germany.

Mainz had sacked two coaches in the 2020/21 season and were facing the prospect of relegation before he came in and steadied the ship. They were second-bottom, and 10 points adrift of automatic safety.

Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images

He was very much a gamble for the club, but it paid off.

Mainz won 32 points from 17 matches in the second half of that season, and only Bayern Munich lost fewer games (via The Analyst).

He would be a major gamble for Wolves. But he was for Mainz and he’s really risen to the challenge.