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Wolves send Julen Lopetegui reference to West Ham United as terms agreed



West Ham United have received “strong references” from Wolves about prospective manager Julen Lopetegui, according to The Athletic.


The report on 6 May revealed that an agreement has been reached with the Spaniard to take over from current boss David Moyes, though no deal has yet been

West Ham have been impressed with Lopetegui’s body of work, including his spells with Wolves and the Spain national team. So, too, were Bayern Munich, who made a late enquiry – but it appears the 57-year-old is set on a move to London.

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The potential appointment of Lopetegui has not been received especially positively by the majority of West Ham fans, who were hoping for a younger manager to replace Moyes in the Hammers dugout.

The Spaniard received a similarly frosty reception during his negotiations with AC Milan, with the Serie A side backing away from a deal due to the level of backlash from their fanbase.

However, fears among the Irons faithful that Lopetegui is not progressive enough may be unfounded.


Hammers supporters likely remember Lopetegui best from his spell in charge of Wolves, but his style is perhaps better encapsulated by his stints in charge of the Spain national team and LaLiga side Sevilla.

Lopetegui oversaw 20 games in his two years as Spain head coach without losing a single one and was only sacked on the eve of the 2018 World Cup due to reports emerging that he had agreed a deal to join Real Madrid following the conclusion of the tournament.

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That spell as Los Blancos boss proved unsuccessful – he was sacked after just 14 games with a record of six wins, two draws and six defeats – but Lopetegui found his feet again with Sevilla.

Under his guidance, Sevilla claimed the Europa League title and finished fourth in LaLiga for three consecutive seasons.

That is the sort of achievement West Ham fans will hope he can replicate in London.


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