Lambert pick of trio for Wolves job
Championship side Wolves are looking for a new manager with a trio of British managers believed to be at the top of their shortlist. Paul Lambert, Nigel Pearson and Tim Sherwood are the three men that are believed to be the current frontrunners, with former Norwich and Blackburn boss Lambert the bookies' favourite.
The club's Chinese owners are believed to favour the appointment of a British manager with an extensive knowledge of the Championship after they decided to part company with former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga. Zenga was in charge for just three months but a series of poor results saw the club sit in just 18th place in the table upon his dismissal. Having led Norwich to the Premier League during his spell with the Canaries, Lambert has seen himself in pole-position to take over at Molineux and is odds-on with each of the three bookmakers currently offering a market.
Nigel Pearson is the second favourite and he is another boss with extensive experience of managing in the Championship. With spells in charge of Hull and also Leicester, who he led to promotion, he is another who has a great know-how of the division. However after taking over at Derby in the summer, he left the club my mutual consent in October with the team struggling to live up to their billing as promotion contenders. His spell at Derby however has not seemed to put off Wolves' owners although he does find himself some way off Paul Lambert in the betting stakes. He is as short as 9/2 with Skybet to be appointed as the new Wolves manager although he can be found at a best price of 6/1 with both bet365 and BetVictor.
The other man still believed to be in the running for the job is former Spurs and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood. He has been out of a job since leaving Villa last season with the position at Molineux potentially providing an opportunity to get back in to management. However out of the trio, Sherwood is the outsider and is as far out as 14/1 with bet365. The 47-year-old has no previous experience of managing in the division and that looks to be counting against with regards to the two other leading candidates.
The shortlist to replace Zenga had reportedly consisted of five men prior to the Fosun group's decision to whittle it down to three. Former Wolves player Paul Ince had stated his desire to take the role although it appears as though his chance of landing the job is unlikely. Interim boss Rob Edwards is another possibility although for him to have any real chance of landing the job on a full time basis, he would surely have to claim a win over Derby in the upcoming Championship encounter. In Edwards only game in charge so far, Wolves claimed a 1-1 draw at Blackburn though he is a popular figure amongst the players having served as both academy and first team coach.