By Matt Farr
Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Steve Bull admits he is shocked at reports suggesting Paul Lambert is surplus to requirements at the club.
The Independent reported last week that Lambert was expecting to be sacked by the Championship club, having reached an impasse over the club’s plans ahead of the summer transfer window.
Lambert is understood to be disappointed at the club’s decision to hand control of transfers to super-agent Jorge Mendes, with the Scot likely see to his input heavily restricted.
It is further reported by the Express and Star that Wolves have already sounded out a number of potential replacements for Lambert, including ex-Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka.
However, club legend Bull, who is Wolves’ all-time top goalscorer with 306 goals, admitted he is shocked at Fosun’s reported plans to cut their ties with Lambert.
He told the Express and Star: “I’m a bit shocked to be fair. Last year was a difficult one – the new owners came in, managers came in and out, owners, players came in and out.
“Things just seemed like they were starting to settle. A few people said they didn’t want him, but for me he’s a British manager who’s done it in the Championship and knows the league inside out.
“You need to give him the players he wants and we’ll assess it next season. You’ve got to give these guys time. They should be giving Lambert the money and letting him have a go.”
If Wolves and Lambert were to part ways this summer, the club would be on the look-out for their fourth head coach in just 10 months, following the arrival of Chinese owners, Fosun.
Lambert remains happy to work alongside Mendes, using his contacts and recommendations to acquire new signings this summer, but he wants the final say on transfers.
The former Aston Villa boss arrived at the club in November, leading the club from 19th place to a 15th place finish in the Championship this season.