It was Patrick Weiser’s quality and dedication to duty which so impressed Wolves boss Ståle Solbakken as the two worked together through some difficult times at FC Cologne last season.
For his part, Weiser certainly had no hesitation in agreeing to again link up with Solbakken when arriving as Wolves’ head coach – working alongside assistant Johan Lange – a fortnight ago.
It certainly wasn’t all bad at Cologne despite some off-field troubles at the club and eventual relegation after Solbakken and assistant coach Weiser had departed.
Indeed the club had headed into the winter break almost 12 months ago in decent shape in ninth place in the table.
But even amid the more challenging moments Weiser viewed his senior coaching role at Cologne – which followed a previous spell as player and later Under-16 coach – as another important learning experience which he carries into his current position.
“It is part of the job to come through difficult times and change bad experiences into good ones,” says Weiser.
“We all learned a great deal from the year at Cologne which is a special club.
“In the first period we did very well and had some good results and were ninth going into the winter break.
“But the team was not stable and we had a lot of injuries and had to make changes and that was one of the most important reasons why it wasn’t so good after the winter break.
“We had a lot of close games but we didn’t take our chances to get points which happens in football and happens in sport.
“For me here at Wolves, everything has been good from the moment I arrived.
“In the training I obviously know how Ståle works and likes the team to train from Cologne so it’s very similar in that respect.
“Of course it was too bad we didn’t get three points in our last game against Charlton, and maybe also Bolton, although that was a very close game.
“But there are a lot of reasons why I was pleased to take this opportunity.
“It is the chance to work with Ståle again at a very high level, with that mentality again and hopefully more success.
“I enjoy working with Ståle because of his nature – his mentality and his personality.
“And it is also another good experience to work in a different country with a new challenge.”
Weiser boasts extensive experience as player and coach prior to arriving at Molineux.
The 40-year-old made over a century of appearances as a defender or midfielder for both Cologne and Wolfsburg Wolves in his native Germany, prior to kicking off his coaching career and then graduating to the senior set-up under Solbakken.
He is relishing the task ahead of joining the boss and Lange in trying to bring success to Wolves alongside an attractive style of play, but is well aware of the ultra-competitive nature of the npower Championship.
“Ståle wants to play a very modern style of football,” he says.
“If you see football at the highest level it is a very developed style of play which I think is the right way to improve and to be better.
“I know it is very difficult in the Championship because it is such a difficult league where everyone can beat each other but I think Ståle is trying to develop a style which will help Wolves be successful.
“We want to win games, but we also want to build a good base for the future and hopefully a higher league.
“The important thing for all of us is that the players can see what we are doing in training.
“They can see from the coaching why we are doing certain things and so that it helps them do the same during a game.
“The players know that when they go out on the pitch we are going to play a certain way and they all know their roles.
“I think people can see the way the team is developing and the progression taking place.
“The last few results may not be as good as everyone would have liked but I think they will get better.
“There are a lot of different styles in this division with teams like Bolton, Blackpool and Burnley who try to football.
“Other teams maybe go with a different style and not so much possession-based.
“But every team is certainly competitive and I think every team is very well organised, perhaps even more so than in Germany where a lot of teams are not as detailed.
“So I think every team has a very good base which makes every game difficult.”
Weiser continues: “I should also say that I have been very impressed by the training facilities at Wolves.
“I know a lot of clubs put a lot of money into their training grounds now but it is very good here.
“I like the fact as well that there is a lot of mixing through the club with the first team and the Academy eating in the same room.
“I think that is good and helps the players come through.
“And the pitches are excellent to work on.”
Moving to a new country it is never just about events taking place on those pitches, with a whole raft of off-field adjustments also required.
Weiser, whose 18-year-old son Mitchell is a young winger with Bayern Munich, is pleased to be settling in well, a process which will of course be made more comfortable by some positive results.
“I am just in the case of getting myself settled and have found a nice apartment to move into,” he says.
“I am missing my family which is normal and it is the first time we are separated but they are coming next weekend for the Brighton game.
“It is not so far away – one hour 15 minutes on the plane – and then Christmas is coming soon with the holidays.
“My daughter is thinking about maybe coming over for an exchange in the New Year.
“I’ve also managed to get used to driving on the other side of the road as well!
“I’m very happy so far but will be happier when we have some good results to keep ourselves up there as close to the top as possible.
“There are over 30 games still to go and the chance with so many coming close together to pick up points.”