It has been nothing short of a disastrous season thus far for Wolves, who have won just twice in the league and sacked former manager Bruno Lage without having anyone lined up, as both Lopetegui and Michael Beale turned down the job.
However, credit has to be given to the club, who have seemingly not taken no for an answer from former Real Madrid boss Lopetegui, as they have now opened discussions with the Spaniard for a third time as they look to bring him to Molineux.
While Jordan admired their determination to land Lopetegui, he admitted it’s not a good look having to try this hard to convince a manager that this is the job for them.
He said: “Whilst it doesn’t look great for them, and whilst we run the rule over them not scoring enough goals and sitting in the bottom three of the table, they’re not marooned away from the sides that are above them.
“It’s very early in the season and I don’t think in the pursuit of getting a manager for the sake of two or three extra games, that might be of benefit – or may not be of benefit if you get the wrong one – in the longer-term picture.
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“Of course, the other side of the argument can be if you’re convincing somebody to come and work for you, then ultimately they come and do you a favour at twice the price and with half the resolve.
“Because you’ve convinced them to do it in the first place and made them do it, and made it so attractive to them economically and anything else that they want, that actually, there’s not much of a challenge for them besides their own reputation.”
TIF Thoughts on Wolves’ pursuit of Lopetegui…
It has to be admired how hard Wolves are seemingly pushing to land their number-one candidate to finally replace Lage, however, if Lopetegui does indeed reject them for a third time, it may look rather embarrassing.
Something that should also be considered is that Lopetegui seemingly rejected Wolves due to personal and family reasons, so one has to hope that Wolves aren’t intruding on his personal life and making him choose between football and his family.
If Wolves do manage to land a manager of Lopetegui’s pedigree and ability, it would be seen as a major coup for a side currently sitting inside the bottom three and would indeed give them a huge boost in terms of trying to stay in the league.