Lopetegui walks out on Wolves three days before season starts

August 9 – Julen Lopetegui left his position as Wolverhampton Wanderers manager on Tuesday after just nine months in charge and three days before the start of the new Premier League season.

The former Spain and Real Madrid coach was reportedly unhappy with lack of investment and the club said both parties “have reached an agreement to part ways”.

The Spaniard took charge in November on a three-year contract with Wolves rock bottom of the league and managed to guide them to safety and a 13th-place finish.

“However, the head coach and club acknowledged and accepted their differences of opinion on certain issues and agreed that an amicable end to his contract was the best solution for all parties,” the club said.

Wolves are reportedly set to hire Gary O’Neil, who departed Bournemouth during the close summer, as a replacement.

“On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to thank Julen and his staff for their dedication and hard work during their time at the football club,” sporting director Matt Hobbs said. “They were brought in with the primary aim of keeping the club in the Premier League last season, an objective which they achieved with games to spare.”

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