Wolverhampton Wanderers has appointed Spaniard Julen Lopetegui as its new head coach, the relegation-threatened Premier League club announced on Saturday.
Former Spain, Real Madrid and Sevilla coach Lopetegui replaces caretaker manager Steve Davis, who was put in charge of the team following Bruno Lage’s dismissal last month.
Lopetegui will take up the role after the club’s league fixture against Arsenal on Nov. 12. The 56-year-old had been linked with a move to Wolves last month, but initially turned down the offer, according to reports in British media.
“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,” Wolves chairman Jeff Shi said in a statement.
“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.”
Lopetegui began his coaching career in Spain’s youth set-up, before spells at Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish second division and Portuguese club Porto.
He took over as Spain coach in 2016 following the retirement of Vicente Del Bosque, leaving to become Real Madrid manager in 2018. He was dismissed just three months into his stint with the Spanish giants.
Lopetegui’s most successful foray into club management came at Sevilla, leading it to the Europa League title in 2020, but he was sacked by the LaLiga side last month after a poor run of results left it 17th in the standings.
Wolves, 19th in the league standings with 10 points from 13 games, hosts Brighton & Hove Albion later on Saturday.
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