By Matt Farr
Wolverhampton Wanderers are considering a move to make Aitor Karanka their new manager, according to a report.
The Express and Star claim that the 43-year-old is on the list of potential managerial candidates, as the Championship club prepare to give current chief Paul Lambert the chop.
It is understood that Wolves owners Fosun, a Chinese group, are hoping to have a successor in place before making any further decision on Lambert’s future at the club, and have sounded out several targets.
Karanka would be available to inherit the reins at Molineux, following his dismissal from Premier League outfit Middlesbrough after a season in the top flight under his belt, and his ties to the club make him a favourable option.
The Spaniard is a client of super-agent Jorge Mendes, whom Fosun are set to hand full control of the club’s summer recruitment, a decision which is at the heart of Lambert’s frustrations.
Lambert is keen on bringing home grown talent to the club this summer, but the Wolves hierarchy would prefer to see Mendes instead handed full responsibility for identifying the club’s transfer targets.
The move has left Lambert considering his future at the club, but Wolves may put him out of his misery by sacking the Scottish chief.
If appointed, Karanka would be the fourth Wolves manager in just 10 months, with Kenny Jackett and Walter Zenga having already fallen foul to Fosun’s turnover.
It is said that Wolves could be stalling over a decision on Lambert’s future as a number of Europe’s top leagues, including the Premier League, are still yet to finish.
Football Insider verdict
In terms of the ties to Mendes, Karanka represents a safe option for Fosun. Any new manager at Wolves will want control of the club’s transfer dealings, in order to make the necessary changes to the squad, and both Karanka and Mendes already have a close relationship. However, even Karanka may consider control over transfers as a key part of his job, and may be reluctant to bow down to Wolves’ proposed summer plan. Nevertheless, he enhanced his reputation as a manager by taking Middlesbrough to the Premier League, and although it ended unsuccessfully, he’d be a decent bet to lift Wolves out of their current predicament.