Chief Executive Jez Moxey has confirmed that the Wolves Board has decided Dean Saunders’ successor will have the title of Head Coach. The new role, and job title, is intended to better reflect the footballing structure the Board wishes to see implemented going forwards.
Jez said: “The Board has decided it wishes to appoint a Head Coach as opposed to a traditional first team manager. The Head Coach will be responsible for bringing on-field success to the first team and will work with, and lead, our other football professionals to implement a new football strategy and philosophy for the Club as a whole.
“Kevin Thelwell was promoted from Academy Manager to Head of Football Development & Recruitment in December 2012 and will be responsible for leading the recruitment process. He will carry out the required preparatory work and make recommendations on candidates for the Board to consider for interview.”
With his day-to-day remit covering football operations, including Academy, Recruitment, Sports Science and Medical Services, Kevin Thelwell also coordinates player recruitment processes, leads on coach education across the Club and encourages the pathway for key players to develop at all levels.
Jez added: “It is, of course, vital that the recruitment process is successful; we need to find the right person. This is an opportunity for us to build a stable foundation on which we hope to create a successful future based on smart recruitment, youth development and attractive football.”
Kevin Thelwell says: “The appointment of a Head Coach is an appropriate step for us to take and is a model which is already in place, and successfully working, at a number of other clubs.
“Ultimately, the Head Coach will have final say on first team players we wish to sign but it is my job, and that of our backroom team, to present a range of fully researched player options. Everyone at Molineux will help provide, and facilitate, whatever support the Head Coach needs to allow him to focus on the core objective of winning football matches.
“If there are any positives to take from this season then it is that the likes of Danny Batth, David Davis, Jake Cassidy and Aaron McCarey have all been in and around the first team on a regular basis. They now have a great opportunity now to stake their claim and make a real impact. This will be a fundamental part of the Club’s future strategy.”
The search for the new Head Coach is fully underway but the Club will take as long as is necessary and we won’t be publicly attaching any timescales to the process.