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19th Mar, 2017 | 5:56pm

Report: Two high-profile managers on Wolves shortlist as Lambert pressure increases

By Will Butcher

Paul Lambert’s tenure at Wolves has taken a huge turn for the worse as the club’s Chinese owners have lined up two high-profile replacements, according to a report.

The Sun’s transfer expert Alan Nixon claimed in Sunday’s edition (page 67) that the owners are looking to appoint a huge, top-tier name and have identified Fiorentina’s Paulo Sousa and RedBull Salzburg’s Oscar Garcia as potential successors to Lambert.

Pressure is continuing to mount on former Norwich and Aston Villa manager Lambert, despite a turnaround in form on the pitch.

Three straight wins against Rotherham, Brentford and Fulham have seen the Midlands outfit climb to 16th in the Championship table five points clear of the relegation zone.

However, Wolves’ owners remain unsure on the Scottish manager, and are reportedly being advised to look abroad for their next appointment.

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Garcia, 43, was in charge of Watford in 2014 for just four games before his health forced him to step down from the job, after a year-long spell with Brighton.

He has since recovered and remains as Salzburg manager after taking over the managerial duties in December 2015, doing a league and cup double in 2015-16.

Sousa’s stock is also continuing to rise after spells in charge QPR, Swansea and Leicester, before chancing his arm on foreign turf with the likes of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Basel and Fiorentina.

Taking charge of 86 games as boss, Sousa has a win ratio of 46.5 per cent after 40 victories but his contract is up at the end of the season.

In other Wolves news, Lambert has responded to criticism levelled at him from fans.

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