Julen Lopetegui: Wolves appoint former Spain and Real Madrid coach as new head coach | Football news
Wolves have appointed former Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui as the club’s new coach.
Lopetegui succeeds Bruno Lage, who was sacked on 2 October after winning just one of his last 15 games in charge.
He will start work on November 14 when he officially starts at Molineux after Wolves’ final Premier League game before the World Cup against Arsenal.
Wolves president Jeff Shi said: “Julen is a top coach, with outstanding experience at the elite level of the game, and we are delighted to have agreed a deal to bring him in. to Wolves.
“From the start, Julen has been our number one choice to manage Wolves, and we look forward to welcoming him and his team when they join us in the coming weeks.”
Lopetegui was sacked by Sevilla in early October, two years after leading the La Liga club to a record sixth Europa League title in 2020.
Wolves approached Lopetegui last month but the 56-year-old Spaniard rejected the move for personal reasons, forcing the Midlands club to look for alternative targets.
Queens Park Rangers coach Michael Beale appeared on the brink to fill the vacant coach position at Molineux until his last-minute commitment to the Championship club sent Wolves back to the table. draw.
Caretaker boss Steve Davis has received public backing from chairman Jeff Shi to oversee first-team affairs through the end of the year but, with Wolves languishing in the Premier League relegation zone, the efforts to sign Lopetegui were revived.
Wolves’ fixtures before the end of the World Cup
November 5th: Brighton (h) – Premier League, 3pm
November 9th: Leeds (h) – Carabao Cup, 7.45pm
November 12: Arsenal (h) – Premier League, 7.45pm
Lopetegui’s first seven games at Wolves
December 26: Everton (a) – Premier League, 3pm
December 31st: Man Utd (h) – Premier League, 12:30pm
January 4: Aston Villa (a) – Premier League, 8pm
January 7th: TBC – FA Cup 3rd round
January 14: West Ham (h) – Premier League, 3pm
January 21: Man City (a) – Premier League
February 4: Liverpool (h) – Premier League, 3pm