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Sevilla sacks head coach Julen Lopetegui

Sevilla have sacked Julen Lopetegui, who happens to be Wolves’ preferred candidate for the vacant head coach position.

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

The 56-year-old, however, did face the media shortly after being informed of his fate.

He said in his post-match press conference “I have many mixed feelings. It’s hard to describe them”.

“The first thing that comes to my head and my heart is gratitude towards my club, the city, the team’s fans, my players, and everybody else who works for Sevilla.

Wolves meanwhile 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 sits one point above the relegation zone and have just one point from their three Champions League group matches.

Julen Lopetegui was linked with the job at Molineux back in 2016 but 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.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas