Is Paul Lambert the man to lead Wolves back to the Premier League?
Wolves have always been seen as a big club with a proud tradition but one that has underachieved in recent times.
Relegation from the Premier League after the 2011-2012 campaign was followed by a stint in League One before Kenny Jacket hauled them back into the second tier.
Following his dismissal, the Walter Zenga experiment was disastrous and short lived and now Paul Lambert has been charged with the task of bringing Premier League football back to Molineux.
The Midlanders were 19th when Zenga left and are now 15th, so it has been small steps under the Scot’s guidance, and he will want a full pre-season and to bring in some of his own players before he is properly judged.
Lambert enjoyed an excellent playing career at big clubs such as Celtic and Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund while he has already managed the likes of Aston Villa, Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers.
Wolves would be seen as a similar sized club to the latter two and so the job should not faze the Glaswegian who has started to get things going in the right direction.
Five consecutive Championship wins in March and April ended any thoughts of relegation and currently he has a win percentage of nearly 45 from his first 27 league games in charge.
The play-offs will be beyond Wolves this season and Lambert has already spoken of the need to rebuild the club under new owners Fosun.
He has held “positive talks” with club president Wang Qunbin and that relationship will be vital in the months ahead as the manager hands in the list of players he wants to recruit over the summer and hopes to get a positive response.
Owners appear only too happy to pull the trigger and change managers if things are not going well and Lambert will have to hit the ground running next season to keep the pressure off, but he does have Premier League experience with both Norwich and Villa.
A win percentage of nearly 50 with the Canaries is commendable, although that was not exclusively in the top-flight, but his statistics dropped to 29% with the Villans as both he and the club as a whole struggled.
Now back in the West Midlands, the 47-year-old has a chance to put things right and, for those who like a flutter, football spread betting at bigfreebet.com is the place to enjoy a punt on whether he can do it next season.
He must get the fans on board and try to turn Molineux into a fortress as they have only won seven home games all season – the same number as on the road, while nine home defeats will be seen as unacceptable.
Having received the Manager of the Month award for March, the task now for Lambert is to ensure his men finish the season strongly to keep up the momentum for the early part of next season.
Having managed in the lower leagues with the likes of Wycombe and Colchester, Lambert will be eying a return to the big time and, with the right financial backing, there is no reason to suggest that he cannot achieve that aim.