Wolves' first choice Lopetegui sacked by Sevilla

Wolves' first choice Lopetegui sacked by Sevilla

Julen Lopetegui, Wolves' preferred candidate for the vacant head coach position, has been sacked by Sevilla.

Sevilla confirmed the decision after the club's 4-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Wolves sacked Bruno Lage after 15 months on Sunday, one day after they lost 2-0 to fellow early-season strugglers West Ham. They have scored only three league goals so far in 2022/23 - despite registering 97 shots - and sit 18th in the Premier League table.

However, Wolves are not in a hurry to appoint a successor to Lage, with coaches Steve Davis and James Collins set to take charge of Saturday's game at Chelsea.

Lopetegui had been in charge at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan since June 2019, but was increasingly under pressure with Sevilla having won just once in eight league games. The La Liga club sit one point above the relegation zone and are bottom of their Champions League group, too.

The 56-year-old was linked with the job at Molineux back in 2016, but he became manager of the Spanish national team, with whom he spent the best part of the next two years before an ill-fated 14-match spell in charge at Real Madrid.