Wolves could rival Tottenham for Maurizio Sarri next manager appointment as Jose Mourinho drops out of contention
JOSE MOURINHO is no longer a candidate to replace Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux.
That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've completely removed the Portuguese tactician from their betting market.
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Mourinho, who was sacked from his position at Tottenham last week, was priced at 7/2 to be appointed Wolves' next permanent manager.
But less than a week later he's nowhere to be seen with fellow Portuguese manager Bruno Lage now the leading contender.
Lage, 44, has little in the way of top managerial experience having spent a little under 18 months in charge of Benfica.
He guided the club to the Primeira Liga title and the Super Cup during his tenure before handing in his resignation after a series of poor results.
Vitor Pereira is his closest challenger at 4/1.
The 52-year-old has managed at Porto, Olympiacos, Fenerbahce and most recently Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League, where helped them to their first ever league title.
Wolves Next Manager Odds – Betfair
- Bruno Lage – 2/1
- Vitor Pereira – 4/1
- Eddie Howe – 6/1
- Rui Faria – 8/1
- Maurizio Sarri – 10/1
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Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe comes next at 6s.
The ex-Cherries manager has been a free agent since August 2020, following his side's relegation to the Championship.
Rui Faria, who worked alongside Mourinho for 17 years, is offered at 8/1.
Faria was assistant to Jose at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Manchester United before quitting to take his first managerial appointment at Qatari side Al-Duhail.
The last name in the five-runner field is former Chelsea and Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri left Chelsea with a 61 per cent win rate and guided the club to a Europa League triumph during the 2018-19 campaign.
He also helped Juventus to the Serie A title before being relieved of his duties in August following their elimination from the Champions League.
However, he's the 11/4 FAVOURITE to be appointed at Tottenham and a 10/1 outsider to return to English football with Wolves.
Talk of a fresh face in the dugout at Molineux comes after claims that Wolves are preparing for life without Nuno.
Espirito Santo has taken Wolves from mid-table in the Championship to an established Premier League side since his arrival in 2017.
He also guided the club to their first European quarter-final in almost 50 years during his four-year tenure.
But there are growing concerns that the 47-year-old could walk away this summer, despite being contracted until June 2023.
The Daily Mail claim Wolves are preparing for such an eventuality and have already started the process of identifying potential replacements.
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