3-time title-winning boss ‘might raise question marks’ at Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers would face ‘question marks’ from the Molineux fanbase if they appointed Pedro Martins as the club’s new boss, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The West Midlands outfit have been hunting for a successor to Bruno Lage since he was sacked by the hierarchy earlier this month.

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What’s the latest news involving Martins?

According to Portuguese media outlet Mais Futebol, Wolves have entered advanced negotiations with Martins and are nearing an agreement.

The report suggests the 52-year-old – who previously managed the likes of Maritimo, Rio Ave and Vitoria Guimaraes – has not signed on the dotted line but is interested in the Molineux project.

Martins looked set to head to English football for the first time in his career earlier this month, when he reached a verbal agreement to take the Hull City job.

However, negotiations were cancelled after the Championship side were unable to meet the Portuguese’s demands following extensive discussions.

Martins has been out of work since leaving Greek giants Olympiacos, where he won the title on three occasions, in August.

What has Pete O’Rourke said about Martins?

O’Rourke believes some Wolves supporters will be questioning whether Martins is the right man to lead the club forward after he was on the brink of being handed the reins at a second tier side a matter of days ago.

However, the journalist feels chairman Jeff Shi needs to make a decision quickly if he wants to climb away from danger.

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O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “He was very close to taking the Hull job just over a week ago, but that deal fell through.

“That might raise some question marks for any Wolves fans thinking, ‘why are we going for a manager who was possibly going to go to a Championship club?’ so there will be issues there.

“But he’s an experienced manager who does play attacking football so, if they do go for Martins, I think they’re going to have to give him time to try and get things right.

“I think Wolves really do need to sort this out because they are finding themselves in trouble at the wrong end of the table right now.”

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Is Martins Wolves’ first choice candidate?

It is understood that Martins is back in the running for the Wolves job after former Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui opted against being named as Lage’s replacement.

The 56-year-old initially emerged as the Premier League side’s top target after the key decision-makers behind the scenes opted to make a change in the dugout.

But Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has revealed Lopetegui, who held discussions with Shi, turned down the job for family reasons.

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