Wolverhampton are considering appointing Gary O’Neill as their new manager after mutually terminating their contract with manager Julen Lopetegui.
British public broadcaster ‘BBC’ reported on the 9th (Korean time), “Director Lopetigi has left the club, and Wolverhampton plans to replace him with manager O’Neill.”
On the 9th, Wolverhampton said on the club website, “As we agreed to part ways with coach Lopetegi, the nine-month leadership ended. “We have acknowledged our differences of opinion on the matter and agreed that it is in the best interest of all parties to terminate the contract amicably. The club will begin the search for a successor.”
There is a reason Lopetegui left the team. “Lopetegui has been critical of the club’s lack of spending in the transfer market this summer and has been frustrated over the past few weeks,” Sky Sports said.
In fact, Wolverhampton showed an inactive look in the transfer market this summer. Wolverhampton signed Babakar Traore for 9.5 million pounds (about 16 billion won), and brought Matt Doherty and Tom King as free agents (FA). It is safe to say that transfer fees are almost non-existent.
Rather, many players left the team. Including Conor Cody (→ Leicester City), Nathan Collins (→ Brentford), Raul Jimenez (→ Fulham), and Ruben Neves (→ Al Hilal), all of the players who played the main role last season have all transferred. In the end, Lopetegui became dissatisfied with the club’s behavior and eventually left the team.
It is also bad news for Hwang Hee-chan. Hwang Hee-chan’s versatility had a great effect in the Lopetegi system. Hwang Hee-chan often played as a left wing forward, but he also played on the right side in his national team. He has also been on the front lines in Salzburg and Leipzig in the past. Coach Lope Tegui recognized the value of Hwang Hee-chan and actively utilized him by continuously changing his position in a game.
Injuries caught on. Hwang Hee-chan had to leave the team due to an injury if the flow was good. Even in the situation of poor physical condition, coach Lopetegui actively employed Hwang Hee-chan. As a result, Hwang Hee-chan scored three goals in the second half and helped the team remain. However, with Lopetegui leaving, they have to adapt to the new managerial system again.
Wolverhampton are considering appointing manager O’Neill. Coach O’Neill played on the EPL stage during his player days and is a familiar figure to fans. He has played for Middlesbrough, West Ham, Queens Park Rangers (QPR) and Norwich City in the past.
After his retirement, he walked the path of his leader. After retiring in 2019, O’Neill began his coaching career as Liverpool Under-23s head coach. From the 2021-22 season he has been an assistant Bournemouth coach. After manager Scott Parker was sacked last season, he led the team as acting manager. At that time, he had a record of 1 win and 4 draws, becoming the full-time manager.
Remaining in a team that was in the relegation zone, he received great praise. However, he was suddenly fired. Bournemouth owner Bill Foley revealed the reason for the resignation of O’Neill, saying, “I thought a change was necessary. I think it was in the best interests of the club.” In the end, I started living as a savage from last June.먹튀검증
Wolverhampton is considering hiring manager O’Neill, who is unemployed. The problem is that the opening of the EPL is just around the corner. Wolverhampton is scheduled to play the EPL opening game of the 2023-24 season against Manchester United at 4 am on the 15th. Even if manager O’Neill is appointed, it is a short time to prepare for Manchester United. Wolverhampton’s early season is expected to be difficult.