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Julen Lopetegui turns down opportunity to become Wolves head coach

Julen Lopetegui has reportedly turned down the opportunity to become the new manager at Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

The 56-year-old was Wolves’ preferred candidate for the position after they sacked Bruno Lage.

The Spaniard reportedly met with club chairman Jeff Shi to hold talks over the current vacancy at Molineux.

However, he has decided to reject the chance to take over as their manager. 

As per BBC Sport, Lopetegui’s father is currently unwell and that has played a role in his decision. 

A blow for Wolves 

The Midlands club will be disappointed they couldn’t appoint Lopetegui. They have twice come close only to fail in their attempts. 

Club owners Fosun wanted Lopetegui in 2016 following their takeover. He was keen on the job but joined the Spain national team as their head coach. 

However, he was unceremoniously sacked from his position just days before the 2018 World Cup after it was revealed he had agreed to join Real Madrid.  

The move to Madrid didn’t work out for him as he was dismissed after only 14 games. But he soon returned to management at Sevilla and proved his coaching abilities there. 

The La Liga club had missed Champions League qualification for two consecutive years when the Spanish boss took over in 2019. 

However, he led them to a top-four finish for the following three seasons of his reign at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. 

The Rojiblancos also lifted the 2020 Europa League under Lopetegui, beating Inter Milan 3-2 in the final. 

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