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    16 June 2023

    “Wolverhampton Wanderers confirm Julen Lopetegui will continue as head coach”

    Wolves Dismiss Speculation Surrounding Julen Lopetegui’s Future

    In a surprising turn of events, Wolves have dismissed all speculation surrounding the future of their head coach, Julen Lopetegui. Despite concerns over the club’s financial situation and his previous comments about the difficulties of competing in the Premier League without investment, sporting director Matt Hobbs has confirmed that Lopetegui will remain in charge next season.

    Lopetegui took over as head coach last November when Wolves were bottom of the table and managed to guide them to safety. However, there had been doubts regarding his future due to his comments on Financial Fair Play problems at Wolves.

    The Affinity with Fans is Strong

    Hobbs stated that “Julen is committed; he loves the area and the club.” He also acknowledged that while there had been talk about the club after Loptegegui’s press conferences before this year’s season ended, they had remained in constant contact throughout. Hobbs further added: “You can see the affinity he has built with fans… I never saw a situation where he wouldn’t be our manager.”

    Time Needed for Understanding Project

    Hobbs went on to explain how it was important for them to allow time for Loptegegui to understand how best to build a squad capable of competing at Premier League level given their unique project circumstances. The sporting director stated: “His understanding of our project was different from what it is now.” Therefore, they needed time so that he could get his head around it and build a competitive squad.

    Hobbs also emphasized that they have been working on their strategy for the summer, which may be slightly different from what they initially thought six months ago. However, he noted that this is football, and things can change quickly, so they must react accordingly.


    The future of Julen Lopetegui at Wolves had been uncertain due to financial concerns at the club. However, sporting director Matt Hobbs has dismissed all speculation surrounding his future as head coach. Despite previous comments regarding the difficulties of competing in the Premier League without investment and FFP problems at Wolves, Loptegegui will remain in charge next season. According to Hobbs, time was needed for understanding their unique project circumstances; however, Loptegegui is committed to building a competitive squad capable of competing in England’s top-flight league.

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