Boss Dean Saunders has confirmed both Tony Daley and new backroom arrival Mal Purchase will lead the club’s fitness operations, declaring: “They are both brilliant at their jobs.”
Daley has headed up the club’s fitness set-up since arriving at the club five-and-a-half years ago, and is a former Villa team-mate of Saunders including when they won the League Cup in 1994.
Purchase meanwhile also arrives with a high reputation having worked with Saunders at Wrexham and Doncaster, and the manager is looking forward to the pair continuing to improve Wolves’ fitness and conditioning.
“Tony Daley is doing the same job and Mal is just helping Tony, who is a valuable member of my team,” says Saunders.
“I played with him and he’s excellent at his job.
“There is a backroom team here and I’ve already seen in three days they’re very good at their jobs.
“Mal will assist on that side of things and take individuals – people such as Stephen Hunt, who maybe need constant attention, strengthening and one-on-one work.
“Mal also controls what they eat – he’s brilliant on the nutrition side of things, to help repair muscles after they’ve been worked.
“There’s no problem – they’re both brilliant at their jobs.
“If you ask the owners of Doncaster and Wrexham, the medical bills were cut 10-fold because of Mal’s work.
“He keeps players fit by making sure they do the right amount of training, making sure they’re strong in their legs, making sure no one slips through the net.
“We’ve got 40 players and it’s difficult for Tony because he’s been trying to keep an eye on all of them.
“Sometimes I’ll want Tony with me so we’ve got other people in the medical room, but those two are brilliant at their jobs and they will eventually be in the Premier League.”
Brian Carey, a former Republic of Ireland international as a player, has also arrived to continue his partnership with Saunders as his assistant manager.