FORMER Celtic skipper Paul Lambert has emerged as the frontrunner to take over as Wolves boss.

The ex-Hoops midfielder is a leading candidate for the job after the Midlands side axed Walter Zenga during the week.

Ex-England boss Sam Allardyce and Nigel Pearson, who was sacked by Derby three weeks ago, have also been linked with the struggling Championship side.

Lambert has been out of work since quitting Blackburn Rovers gaffer at the end of the season where he was replaced by fellow-Scot Owen Coyle.

Wolves want a replacement for Zenga as quickly as possible and Pearson is believed to have already been interviewed for the role.

Lambert has already worked in the Midlands during his two-year spell at Aston Villa.

Allardyce, of course, lasted just one game in charge as England international chief before he was sacked last month amid revelations of misconduct.

Zenga spent only 97 days at Molineux a period in which his side suffered seven defeats while winning six and drawing four.

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