One of the biggest Premier League managers has announced he’s leaving the club just one week before the new season starts.
Wolves in chaos as Lopetegui set to leave on the eve of the new Premier League season.
It’s only been nine months since former Spain and Real Madrid coach, Julen Lopetegui, surprisingly took the reins at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but his love affair with the Black Country could soon be over if reports are correct.
Wolves don’t start their 2023/24 Premier League campaign until a week on Monday, their match away at Man United being the final one of the opening weekend of the new season.
By that point they may well have a new manager in charge, as the Daily Mirror suggest that Lopetegui could walk away from the club because of their ongoing issues with Financial Fair Play, and lack of transfer activity as a result.
FFP certainly brings into sharper focus the way in which clubs conduct their transfer business, and one can see immediately just how well their club’s board are performing by that metric alone.
The consequences for Wolves might be disastrous.
Everything that the players have worked hard for during pre-season will be undone if Lopetegui follows his instincts and leaves the club.
No one in their right mind would want to be dropped into a club just days before the start of a new season with no possibility of making any new signings to modify the team dynamic.
Wolves have lost two of their top players, Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves, and have yet to replace them.
If nothing changes in the next 7-10 days, a lengthy, difficult season is almost certain.