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Saunders to replace Solbakken at Wolves

Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that the the former Welsh striker is leaving to make the step up to the Championship.

Saunders.
Saunders.
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FORMER WELSH INTERNATIONAL striker Dean Saunders is set to be confirmed as the new manager of struggling Championship side Wolves to replace the sacked Stale Solbakken.

Saunders, 48, who had been in charge of Doncaster Rovers since 2011, had been given permission to speak to Wolves earlier in the day.

“I can confirm that Dean Saunders has agreed to take over as manager at Molineux,” said Doncaster Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin.

We have agreed a good deal for Doncaster Rovers. Work has already started on trying to find a replacement for Dean and continue our push for promotion back to the Championship.”

Wolves however, have announced that while terms have been agreed, there are still some formalities to complete. Their statement reads:

“Wolves can tonight confirm that terms have been agreed with both Dean Saunders and Doncaster Rovers for Saunders to become the club’s new manager.

“The formalities of the move are yet to be completed and a fuller statement will be issued once they are finalised.”

Saunders, a former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker, had taken Doncaster to second place in the third-tier League One this season.

Solbakken, 44, was sacked on Saturday, just hours after Wolves had been dumped out of the FA Cup 1-0 by non-league Luton.

Wolves are currently 18th in the Championship, having won just three out of their last 16 league games.

Solbakken, who had previously been in charge of German side Cologne, replaced Terry Connor in the Wolves hotseat last summer.

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