Julen Lopetegui, one of the top choices for Wolves to replace Bruno Lage, will take charge of Sevilla against Borussia Dortmund tomorrow night. But it is expected that he will depart soon after that game.
According to Marca, Jorge Sampaoli is waiting in the wings to take over at the club.
But executives have decided to keep Lopetegui in place for tomorrow night’s game.
It is suggested they feel as though changing right now would disrupt preparations for the clash.
Marca describe it as a ‘strange situation’, because there is apparently no one to even take the team on a caretaker basis.
So Lopetegui will be in the dugout for the game.
The publication states that the former Spain manager knows that he is ‘sentenced’.
It was reported yesterday that Lopetegui is one of Wolves’ top targets to potentially succeed Bruno Lage, who was sacked on Sunday.
The 56-year-old was actually linked with the Wolves job before Nuno Espirito Santo came in at Molineux.
Lopetegui then became the manager of Spain, which ended in dramatic fashion when he was sacked after reports emerged he’d agreed to take over at Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup.
Lopetegui has a press conference today ahead of the game with Dortmund. It is highly likely he will be asked about his immediate future.
He may well also be asked about a potential move to Wolves.
Julen Lopetegui on the brink at Sevilla, with Wolves reportedly tabling a proposal
It seems, then, that Lopetegui could be leaving Sevilla in the coming days.
It will be very interesting to hear what he has to say later in his press conference. It is a bit of a strange situation.
Marca say the arrival of Sampaoli is ‘well on track’, so it appears this game on Wednesday night could well be his last.
This is certainly a situation worth keeping an eye on. Especially after there were claims of Wolves tabling a proposal to Lopetegui yesterday.