English Championship club Wolves sack manager Walter Zenga

The former Al Nasr, Al Jazira and Al Shaab manager's departure comes with the English second-tier club lying 18th in the table, having won just four of their 14 league fixtures this season and lost four of their last five.

Walter Zenga has been sacked as manager of English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers, the club have announced. Nathan Stirk / Getty Images

Wolverhampton Wanderers have announced manager Walter Zenga’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect.

Zenga’s departure comes with the English second-tier Championship club lying 18th in the table, having won just four of their 14 league fixtures this season and lost four of their last five.

The 56-year-old former Italy goalkeeper, who UAE football fans will remember from stints in charge at Arabian Gulf League clubs Al Nasr, Al Jazira and Al Shaab, was only appointed to the role by Wolves' new Chinese owners on July 30, taking over from Kenny Jackett.

Zenga’s sacking was confirmed by a statement from the Midlands outfit on Tuesday afternoon.

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It revealed his assistant Stefano Cusin had also left and that first-team coach Rob Edwards had been placed in interim charge, supported by Under 23s coach Scott Sellars.

The statement added: “Wolves will be conducting a thorough process to recruit a new head coach and won’t be revealing any timescales associated with this important task.

“The club would like to extend their thanks and best wishes to Walter and Stefano for their contribution to Wolves during the season so far.

“Wolves will be making no further comment at this stage.”

While this was Zenga’s first job in England, the former Inter Milan player arrived at Wolves with a wealth of managerial experience under his belt following time in charge of the likes of Steaua Bucharest, Red Star Belgrade, Catania, Palermo and Sampdoria.

Things started well, with the Molineux club’s first four league games this term seeing them claim eight points.

But only eight more have been earned in the subsequent 10 outings, and Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Leeds United proved to be Zenga’s last match.

Wolves are next in action on Saturday when they face Blackburn Rovers away.

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