Why Walter Zenga is turning Wolves around

New Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Walter Zenga

Wolverhampton Wanderers' appointment of Walter Zenga certainly caused a stir at Molineux, but after just a month the Italian is making headlines for all the right reasons.

New Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Walter ZengaNew Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Walter Zenga

Walter Zenga has been a fascinating entity in the world of football for a few decades now, dating all the way back to his days as a goalkeeper for the Italian national team. He has played in a World Cup semi-final, an Olympic Games and even acted in a soap opera. He's considered a legend in his homeland, however he's never really been able to solidify himself as a top quality manager.

Having managed 16 teams in the last 18 years it's fair to say that consistency hasn't been his strong suit. He did find success with Steaua Bucuresti and Red Star Belgrade where he landed two league titles respectively, but given his overall history you could forgive Wolves fans for not being too optimistic regarding his appointment.

Despite the seemingly bizarre hiring of Zenga, he quickly got himself on board with the fans by making some interesting yet outlandish claims, such as stating Wolves were "the biggest English team in Italy" as reported by the Daily Mail. Regardless of whether or not he was joking, the important thing for the Molineux faithful was that he was showing some passion.

New Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Walter ZengaNew Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Walter Zenga

That trait is something that'd been absent from the club for a long time with the likes of Stale Solbakken, Terry Connor and Dean Saunders showing little to no fire during their unsuccessful tenures. With such a turbulent period coming off the back of the six-year reign of Mick McCarthy, one of the most beloved managers in their history, you can understand the frustrations.

Another big bonus comes from the rapid spending that has seen Wolves bring in no less than 13 new faces over the last few months. Sure, you could attribute that to the money brought in by their new Chinese owners, but the fact that Zenga is willing to take a risk and provide fans with a chance to see exciting new players is a great sign.

Mick McCarthy manager of Ipswich TownMick McCarthy manager of Ipswich Town

He's also showing that he's learning. When foreign managers come over to the English game there's always a steep learning curve, which is something Zenga has accepted and already gone some lengths to fixing. The Italian now knows the physicality on display in the Championship as well as the desire from fans to see good British talent that have experience at the club get a chance. From Dave Edwards to Jack Price to the re-signing of Richard Stearman, the former Italy keeper seems very much in touch with what's going on around him.

Spirits are higher than they've been in a long time around Wolves, and after losing just one of his first five league games, Zenga is already starting to show why he is the man for the job.

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