The BBC understands that Wolverhampton Wanderers intend to offer the manager’s job to former Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Lambert. Rob Edwards will remain in caretaker charge for Saturday’s Championship clash with Derby County, but the club have seemingly identified the man they wish to replaced the sacked Walter Zenga.
Zenga was dismissed by the Molineux club after a disappointing run of form in October. Several high profile names have been linked to the vacancy, but a shortlist of three names was drawn up. In addition to Lambert, ex-Derby County manager Nigel Pearson and former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood were said to be in the running. Sam Allardyce, who was sacked as manager of England recently and was a boyhood fan of Wolves, was never under serious consideration.
Sporting Director Kevin Thelwell was set the task of conducting the interviews and ultimately finding the new man to lead the club forward. Jeff Shi of Fosun International, the owners of Wolverhampton Wanderers, also sat in on the interviews. The Express & Star understands that those interviews have been concluded, and that Lambert is in ‘pole position’ to make a return to football management.
Lambert’s last managerial role was at Blackburn last season, before electing to leave once the campaign ended after a disagreement with club owners, Venky’s. He has also held management jobs at Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City and Colchester United, starting his coaching career at Livingston in his native Scotland. In his playing career, he played for the likes of Celtic and St Mirren, whilst he also won the Champions League in 1997 with German giants Borussia Dortmund.