By Danny Wright

13th May, 2017 | 3:12pm

'A matter of when not if' - Senior Wolves man nears Molineux exit - reliable journalist

By Danny Wright

Wolves manager Paul Lambert is close to leaving Molineux, according to a reliable journalist.

Express and Star journalist Tim Spiers reported on his personal Twitter account that the 47-year-old is not happy with the way the agent Jorge Mendes has intruded on the club’s transfer policy.

It is understood that club owners Fosun are putting Mendes’ word ahead of the senior Wolves man and that is something he is not prepared to accept.

“Lambert’s departure remains inevitable and is drawing nearer. Still a matter of when not if,” said Spiers on his personal Twitter account.

“While certainly not only reason for his exit, my understanding is that any issues on transfer policy weren’t foreseen when he was given job.

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“I understand that Lambert was confident authority on transfers would be his. But Fosun look set to lean heavily on Mendes again this summer.”

Lambert took charge in November after Walter Zenga was sacked following an indifferent start to the season.

Zenga signed 12 players last summer following the arrival of super-rich owners Fosun, most of which were pushed through by Mendes.

One of his main acquisitions was Helder Costa, who signed for Wolves in a club record deal in January after spending the first half of the campaign on loan.

At one stage the Black Country club looked as though they were close to suffering relegation to League One.

However former Aston Villa boss Lambert eventually guided Wanderers to 15th in the standings and has won 14 of his 33 matches in charge of the club, including FA Cup upsets against Stoke and Liverpool.

Football Insider Verdict

It’s deplorable what is happening at Molineux as there is absolutely no way that an agent should have such a strangle hold on one specific club. This could be a worrying sign of what is to come in the future if more of these super-successful agents invest into teams, rather than players. Wolves’ Chinese owners bought the club without knowing a great deal about how football works and needed someone who was ‘in the know’ to help them get the right players. Unfortunately they have misplaced that trust so much that it is likely to alienate any manager who wants to come to the club.

In other Wolves news, the club have launched a seven-figure bid for this proven goal scorer.

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