Julen Lopetegui: Wolves appoints manager


Julen Lopetegui: Wolves appoints manager


Julen Lopetegui sacked by Sevilla

Wolves have appointed former Sevilla and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach.

The Spaniard has signed a contract with the Wanderers and will replace sacked Bruno Lage, after QPR’s Mick Beale turned down their approaches.

Wolves said the 56-year-old will take over from interim manager Steve Davis on November 14, after announcing the latter will remain in charge until 2023.

On appointing Lopetegui, a statement read “Wolves are delighted to confirm the appointment of Julen Lopetegui as the club’s new head coach.

“The vastly experienced Spaniard, who has worked in coaching and management for nearly 20 years, will begin his first Premier League role on Monday 14th November when he officially takes charge of the men’s first-team squad.

“The 56-year-old has been employed in some of Europe’s most prestigious roles in recent years, notably Porto, the Spanish national team, Real Madrid and Sevilla, who he led for the past three seasons.”

Wolves chairman Jeff Shi added: “Julen is a top coach, with excellent experience at an elite level of the game, and we are very pleased to have agreed a deal to bring him to Wolves.

“Since the very beginning, 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.”

Sevilla sacked Lopetegui in October following their 4-1 loss in the UEFA Champions League, with the coach managing a total of 170 matches and winning the UEFA Europa League title in his first season.

Julen Lopetegui first match in-charge will be after the World Cup on December 26 against Everton in an away match.