|Tip||Odds (Click to bet)||Bet with|
|Michael Beale||1/9||Paddy Power|
|Nuno Espirito Santo||5/2||Paddy Power|
|Peter Bosz||4/1||Paddy Power|
|Marcelo Gallardo||14/1||Paddy Power|
|Leonardo Jardim||16/1||Paddy Power|
|Pedro Martins||16/1||Paddy Power|
|Steve Davis||20/1||Paddy Power|
*Odds correct as of October 20, 2022
Nuno Espirito Santo was previously favourite to make a Wolves return, although Michael Beale is now seemingly close to being installed. The current manager of Queens Park Rangers was previously part of Steven Gerrard's backroom staff at Aston Villa, and he could be open to making the switch to Molineux according to the latest reports.
The betting sites have Beale as massive odds-on favourite to replace Lage, with Wolves set to approach someone who has helped QPR make a flying start to the 2022-23 season.
The best football betting sites have reported lots of interest in the Next Wolves Manager betting market, with Julen Lopetegui on the verge of being appointed before the former Sevilla boss decided against a move to England.
Local newspaper, the Express and Star, have previously reported that Michael Beale was on the shortlist to replace Bruno Lage, with the 42-year-old having only been appointed manager of Queens Park Rangers as recently as 1 June 2022. However, he is highly-regarded thanks to his time at Aston Villa and many credit Steven Gerrard's initial success at the Midlands club to Beale.
With QPR sitting fourth in the Championship table, it appears that the Wolverhampton Wanderers board are now considering Beale as a potential option, with the coach having previously taken charge of the Liverpool under-23 team and he also worked under Gerrard at Rangers. The fact that the Villans are struggling now that Beale isn't on the payroll suggests he could make a sizeable impact at Wolves.
Beale presided over a 3-0 win against Cardiff on Wednesday night and afterwards said: "Until I hear different it is just speculation," he said after QPR beat Cardiff to go top of the Championship. When you are doing well that will come. The club have not come to me to say they have had an approach for me."
Peter Bosz has recently entered the betting to replace Bruno Lage, with the 58-year-old currently out of work after being recently sacked by Lyon. Having steered them to eighth in the Ligue 1 table, he was given his marching orders after a modest start to the current campaign.
Bosz enjoyed more success in charge of Bayer Leverkusen between 2018-2021, having previously had an ill-fated spell at Borussia Dortmund. This is also a coach that has been in charge at Ajax, with the Dutchman having not held a coaching role in England before.
It would be something of a risk to appoint someone who has a chequered managerial track record, although he did steer Ajax to the Europa League final in the 2016-17 season before an eventual defeat to Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.
We've seen Premier League managers return to clubs for a second spell and it appears that Nuno Espirito Santo is now in the reckoning to return to a club that he led to promotion, before steering Wolves to lofty finishes in the Premier League.
Nuno was in charge at Molineux between 2017-2021, with the Portuguese then leaving the club, and it wasn't long before he was given the chance to manage Tottenham Hotspur. However, that was an ill-fated spell and the 48-year-old is now in charge of Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad Club, although there are rumours that he's open to a Wolves return.
If Nuno did return, it would be warmly received by the supporters who have seen their team suffer a drab start to the season. Although, any manager will inherit a squad who certainly look as though they need strengthening in order to stay alive in the Premier League.
Few Wolves fans will have heard of Marcelo Gallardo until this week, although the Argentine seems a credible contender to replace Bruno Lage, with the bookmakers installing him as third favourite on Tuesday 19 October.
The 46-year-old has been the long-term manager at River Plate in Argentina, with the 46-year-old having held this role since 2014 and he won the Argentine Primera División in 2021, with there also being three Copa Argentina successes along with two Supercopa Argentina triumphs.
Previously to this, Gallardo managed Uruguayan club Nacional although it might be considered a risk to hire someone who has no experience of managing in England or across Europe. However, with the coach set to leave River Plate in December, some are putting two and two together when it comes to vacant positions such as the Wolves job.
With Lopetegui reportedly turning down the chance to take over as Wolves head coach due to family reasons, it could open the way for Wolves to continue their trend of hiring Portuguese coaches, although it now looks as though Nuno is the preferred option ahead of Pedro Martins.
Martins has previously been trading as the 7/4 favourite to replace Bruno Lage at Molineux. However, it now appears that Wolves will no longer pursue someone who has managed eight different teams since 2006, even if all his experience has been in Portugal and Greece.
Martins is currently a free agent after recently parting company with Olympiakos, with the coach having engineered three Super League titles. He also boasted an impressive win rate of 64.71% with Olympiakos after previously enjoying spells with Maritimo, Rio Ave and Vitoria Guimaraes. Having left the club in August 2022, he is now considering his next move, and it could be that Wolves are a nice fit for a 52-year-old who has built up plenty of experience.
It's little surprise to see a clutch of Portuguese coaches near the top of the Next Wolves Manager betting market, with Ruben Amorim having been in charge at Sporting CP since 2020. The 37-year-old is a popular figure at the Lisbon club, and he led the team to an unlikely Portuguese league title success during the 2020-21 season.
Amorim was previously in charge at Braga and could be open to making a big-money move to England where he would get the opportunity to manage several of his compatriots in the Premier League. In addition to the Primeira Liga triumph, there have also been two Taca da Liga successes at the club who would be reluctant to lose him.
The latest Wolves manager betting suggests that Amorim could be the number one target for a club who have previously had Portuguese managers such as Nuno Espirito Santo and Lage in charge, with the coach boasting an amazing win rate and Sporting currently top of a Champions League group that includes Tottenham Hotspur, something that also strengthens the case for this manager.
Andre Villas-Boas is no stranger to managing in the English Premier League. He had short spells in charge of both Chelsea and Tottenham in the early 2010s, having arrived in England with a glittering reputation following an eye-catching spell with Porto.
Since then, the 44-year-old has had spells with Zenit Saint Petersburg, Shanghai and Marseille, with AVB having steered the French club to second place in the 2019-20 season. However, there was a high profile fall-out between himself and the French club regarding the overall transfer policy, which led to his exit.
Villas-Boas might well be interested in the vacant role at Wolves, although he would want assurances that the club are able to strengthen in January considering a scrap against relegation looks to be on the cards right now.
Carlos Carvalhal's list of clubs managed is as long as your proverbial arm and that indicates that he could be willing to make the switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers if given the opportunity. The 56-year-old has enjoyed stints at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City during his long career in the dug out, with the Portuguese most recently taking charge at Al Wahda in the United Arab Emirates.
That episode lasted just a matter of games, although Carvalhal was previously in charge at Braga between 2020-22 and could well be the man to come to Wolves' aid, with the manager having come close to steering Sheffield Wednesday into the Premier League and his time with Swansea started well before the Welsh club nosedived down the Premier League standings.
It would be something of a coup if Wolverhampton Wanderers were still able to get their hands on Julen Lopetegui although the Spaniard appears to have canned a potential switch. Until recently leaving Sevilla, the 56-year-old had been in charge at Sevilla since 2019, although the coach has a lot of experience managing top clubs including Porto, Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.
Indeed, Lopetegui can be remembered for stepping down as Spain coach shortly before the 2018 World Cup after it was revealed that Real were about to announce him as manager, although that turned out to be an ill-fated stint at the Bernabeu, with the Spaniard getting a chance to reinvent himself with Sevilla who have largely prospered under his watch.
It's been a difficult start to the 2022-23 season, which could see Lopetegui consider a move to England, with the manager having previously landed the Europa League with his current club during the 2019-20 campaign. The team sit 17th in the La Liga standings, and the time could be right to consider Wolves.
Sérgio Conceição is a highly-respected manager who has achieved great things at FC Porto, and it’s hard to get away from the fact that Wolverhampton Wanderers will leverage that Portuguese connection to potentially secure someone of that nationality to take charge of a squad with so many players from that country.
Conceição has experienced success domestically and in the Champions League, especially when achieving a knockout win over Juventus while in charge of Porto before being caught short against Manchester City two seasons ago. The manager has also steered the Portuguese club to three Primeira Liga titles and the 46-year-old was previously in charge at French club Nantes.
This would be a popular appointment with the Wolves fans considering that this manager’s track record is impressive and it might be that Sérgio Conceição has taken Porto as far as he can, with this being an opportunity to make his mark in the English Premier League.
Sean Dyche seems to be linked with every Premier League managerial vacancy right now and it's little surprise to find the former Burnley boss is trading as one of the favourites to replace Bruno Lage as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Dyche has been out of work since parting company with Burnley last season and is now looking for a new role, with the 51-year-old having proven that he's able to steer a team out of the relegation zone in the past. Although the Clarets were relegated in May, the former Watford boss had previously enjoyed a largely successful ten-year stint at the Lancashire club.
This included engineering promotion from the Championship on two occasions and it could be that the Midlands club turn to someone who knows how to get a squad rolling their sleeves up and preparing for a scrap. Dyche would surely welcome the chance to return to Premier League management.