On August 8, just five days before the start of the 2023/24 Premier League season, Wolverhampton Wanderers parted ways with their coach Julen Lopetegui. The reason for his departure was not made clear in the club’s official statement, but the media reports that the 56-year-old coach was unhappy with the lack of investment in the squad. The Spaniard departs after a successful season where he achieved a mid-table finish with a club which was fighting relegation before his arrival.
Now, the next Wolves manager odds have skyrocketed, as the team is scheduled to take on Manchester United on August 14 in their league opener with no coach in charge.
The managerial issue was solved in a matter of hours, with Wolverhampton appointing Gary O'Neil on August 9, in time for the opening match against Manchester United. O'Neil's first game in charge ended in an 1-0 away loss, although many agreed that Wolves deserved more in that match, with the official referring body subsequently apologizing for wrongly denying the visitors a penalty kick.
There were no credible reports to suggest that Wolved seriously considered options other than O’Neil.
Wolves Next Manager Betting List
When it comes to the Wolves next manager odds, ex-Bournemouth head coach Gary O’Neil is considered the frontrunner. However, he is not the only manager with Premier League experience on the list.
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Gary O’Neil was permanently appointed by Bournemouth last summer when the Cherries said goodbye to previous manager Scott Parker. The young English manager had previously worked as part of Parker’s coaching staff and trained Liverpool’s U23 side in 2020, but the 2022/23 season was his first experience as a head coach at the top level.
Under O’Neil’s command, Bournemouth avoided relegation in their first year back from the Championship, finishing 15th in the Premier League. However, it appears that the club’s officials were not impressed with the 40-year-old’s defensive style and chose to bring in Andoni Iraola earlier this summer, making the Englishman a free agent at the moment. There have been rumours about talks between Wolves and O’Neil.
After rejecting a switch to Molineaux in the past, Michael Beale’s name is back on Wolves’ table and ranks high in the next Wolves manager odds. Defensive organization plays an important role in the 42-year-old’s tactics as well, but he is generally considered to be more flexible with his tactics and his teams have shown glimpses of top-tier attacking football as well.
Beale is currently employed, though, as he has a contract with Scottish club Rangers until 2026. He took Rangers to a second-spot finish in the league last term and recorded a 76% win percentage. It remains to be seen whether Beale would be tempted by the opportunity to coach in the Premier League after serving as assistant coach at Aston Villa under Steven Gerrard.
Sergio Conceicao, who has been in charge at Porto since 2017, is on the radar of many clubs in Europe. The Portuguese coach prefers to develop an individual approach to every opponent he faces, and this adaptability and tactical flexibility has brought him a lot of success at Porto, including three league titles and seven other trophies.
The 48-year-old lacks experience outside of Portugal (his only work outside of the country being at Nantes in 2017/18), but that should not be a problem at Wolves as the club has plenty of Portuguese players in their squad.
Moving to the Molineux, while good to his bank account, would mean that Conceicao has to give up on Champions League football with Porto this season, though.
Nuno Espirito Santo
Nuno Espirito Santo should know everything about Wolves, having worked at the club between 2017 and 2021. With Nuno in charge, the Wanderers achieved promotion to the Premier League in the first season and then took them to two consecutive 7th-place finishes in the top division. In the 2019/20 season, Wolves even reached the Europa League quarter-finals, their best European run since 1971/72.
However, the Portuguese’s work at Tottenham Hotspur in the 2021/22 was below average and he was fired soon after. Since 2022, Nuno has been coaching in Saudi Arabia, and despite talks to return to Wolves last October, he continued at Al Ittihad.
Considering the critical situation, there may be no better solution than Nuno due to his experience and knowledge of the club, but it will surely take a big offer to have him leave Saudi Arabia now.
Unlike the two previous candidates, Graham Potter is available for hire right away as he’s been out of work since the Chelsea dismissal back in April. A known tactician, Potter has the ability to make Wolves a team worthy of competing for Europa League spots again. His spell at Chelsea wasn’t successful, for sure, but many still remember his exciting Brighton side from just two years ago.
The problem could be that Wolves’ squad is not fit for Potter’s attack-oriented, high-intensity football. The previous managers at Molineux bet primarily on defence, and Potter would need several signings before he can implement his playing style. But the club doesn’t have the time or the money to make those transfers now.