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Julen Lopetegui exit Wolves as former Bournemouth boss Gary O’Neil take over

Lopetegui and Wolves have parted ways by mutual agreement, and it is anticipated that Gary O'Neil will take over as his replacement.

Spanish manager Julen Lopetegui has departed Wolverhampton Wanderers by mutual consent after nine months in charge just days to the start of the Premier Leagues season. He is expected to be replaced by former Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil, as per reports. 

The former Real Madrid and Sevilla boss, who secured safety for the Wanderers last season –  finishing 13th on the log, had reportedly expressed concerns about the club’s financial status over this transfer window.

In an official club statement, Lopetegui said: “I wish Wolves and everybody at the club the very best of luck for the future, and thank them for the opportunity granted at the time to take charge of this wonderful club.”

 

“It has been an honour to enjoy this adventure in the day-to-day company of Matt Hobbs, Matt Wild, head of player care Lisa Hollis and every single employee of the club; whom I wish to thank for their support and help at every moment.”

“Also, of course, I want to thank the players, who have always given the maximum to achieve our objectives, and especially the fans that made me feel like one of them from the very first moment and have always been amazing to me, my staff and my family.”

Former manager of Bournemouth Gary O’Neil has been appointed in his stead after guiding Bournemouth to a 15th-place finish in the Premier League last term, making this his second official managerial job.

The 40-year-old has just five days to prepare for his first match in charge, which comes at Old Trafford against Manchester United on Monday.

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