Eight things you need to know about Julen Lopetegui | West Ham United F.C.

by 24britishtvMay 23, 2024, 3 p.m. 26
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Lopetegui then took his considerable skills to the Premier League as Wolverhampton Wanderers finally landed their man in November 2022 – six years after initially being linked with the Molineux job. He wasted little time in showing why they had held such longstanding interest in his services, as he led the Old Gold away from relegation danger. He took over the reins in the Black Country with the club bottom of the pile, but come the season’s end they were well clear of danger – and ahead of the Hammers – in 13th place. Thirty-one of Wolves’ 41 Premier League points in 2022/23 came after Lopetegui’s appointment – with the Spaniard taking only 23 league matches to turn their fortunes around.



7. He won two of his three career meetings with the Hammers

Julen has sat in the opposition dugout to West Ham United three times in his career – winning two of those historical meetings. The most recent came in January 2023, when Daniel Podence’s second-half goal gave Wolves a vital 1-0 victory over the Irons at Molineux – a result which accelerated the Midlanders’ climb away from relegation danger and made clear he had already made an impression at his new club. The first meeting was the 1-0 victory Sevilla enjoyed in the first leg of our 2021/22 UEFA Europa League round-of-16 tie at Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, before the Irons unforgettably triumphed 2-0 after extra-time the following week in east London. However, had Youssef En-Nesyri converted a first-half chance, forcing an exceptional save from Alphonse Areola, Lopetegui’s record against the east Londoners could even have remained unblemished.

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