Head of Football Development and Recruitment
As part of the new footballing structure at Wolves, Kevin Thelwell was appointed as Head of Football Development and Recruitment in January, 2013.
Kevin was promoted having spent almost six years as the club’s Academy manager.
Kevin arrived at Wolves as Academy boss in April, 2008.
Previously he had worked at Derby County where - at just 32 years of age- he became the youngest Academy Manager in the country.
He combined this academy role with that of acting first team coach, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League in his first season via the play offs.
He briefly took the reins of the Rams' first team as caretaker manager when they parted company with Billy Davies.
Players signed by Kevin at Derby including Mark O’Brien and Jeff Hendrick have since progressed through the Academy to make notable appearances in the Derby first team.
Before moving to Pride Park in 2006 Kevin was Director of Youth Development at Preston North End where in his first season the youth team won the Football League National Youth Alliance Cup.
During this time Kevin successfully completed a Bsc (Hons) degree in Sport Science before going on to also complete the LMA/PFA Certificate in Applied Management for Football Managers at Warwick University.
He holds the UEFA Pro Licence, the highest coaching qualification in football, and has previously spent four years with the Football Association of Wales as Director of Coach Education leading the prestigious UEFA 'A' and Pro Licence courses for coaches and managers working within the professional game.
He has continued this coach education role at Wolves, providing ongoing training and development for coaches at Wolves as well as setting up a coaches association for a large number of coaches from local junior clubs.
Kevin combined his coach education role at FAW with that of National Youth Team Coach for the Under 16 National Team working with players such as Aaron Ramsey and Chris Gunter.
During his time at the club Kevin has also driven the Academy to continue to develop and improve its programme with scholars such as David Davis, Anthony Forde, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Danny Batth, Jack Price, Jamie Reckord and James Spray forcing their way into the first team squads with Johnny Gorman also becoming one of the youngest players in history to earn senior recognition with Northern Ireland.
It was confirmed in July 2012, under Kevin’s stewardship that the Academy at Wolves had been reclassified as a Category One Academy improving our status to one of the top 20 academies in the Country.
Head of Recruitment
Head of Recruitment Stuart Webber arrived at Wolves in January 2013 as part of the restructured backroom staff at Molineux.
Webber was appointed to work alongside Head of Football Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell.
He joined Wolves after a spell as one of Queens Park Rangers' three Chief Scouts, and also has previous experience at both Wrexham and Liverpool, where he spent time as the club's Director of Recruitment.
Whilst at Anfield, Webber was involved in the signing of Raheem Sterling, who has since gone on to star in the Liverpool first team and break into the full England squad.
Steve arrived at the club in July, 2008, in a new role to work specifically with the club's 18-21-year-olds.
The job involves aiming to bridge the gap between Academy and first team football in terms of helping prepare them for the senior level whilst also keeping a close eye on those loaned out to other clubs to further their development.
Steve spent almost 20 years at Wrexham, initially as a player and then as a coach after his career was cut short by injury. He headed up the club's Centre of Excellence and also spent a year as assistant manager before leaving in January, 2008.
Prior to joining Wolves Steve enjoyed the opportunity of working for Manchester City's Academy and also carried out scouting duties for Blackburn.
He possesses the UEFA Pro License coaching qualification and a degree in Sports Science.
Steve is charge of the reserve team as Wolves take part in the Barclays Premier Reserve League.
After the departure of Mick McCarthy in February, 2012, Steve was promoted to First Team Coach to assist Terry Connor within the senior ranks for the final 13 games of the season.
The arrival of Ståle Solbakken in May, 2012, saw Steve return to his position of Development Coach, leading the reserve team into the new Under-21 league for the 2012/13 campaign.
Head of First Team Athletic Performance
Birmingham-born, a successful decade as a player with Aston Villa saw Tony pick up a League Cup winners medal following the 1994 win against Manchester United, while Villa also twice finished as runners-up in the top division.
The pacey winger also earned seven England caps, including two appearances at the 1992 European Championshps.
He left Villa for Wolves, where injury affected his four years at the club before further spells with Watford, Walsall and Forest Green Rovers prior to hanging up his boots.
Having finished his playing career Tony studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Science at Coventry University, while at the same time working as fitness coach with Forest Green and also some of Aston Villa's young players, including Gabriel Agbonlahor.
On completing his degree Tony secured the position of fitness and conditioning coach at Sheffield United, where he spent four years before joining Wolves in the same position in September, 2007.
His attention to detail and meticulous fitness regimes quickly secured the respect of backroom colleagues and players alike as Wolves sought to develop a young and athletic squad.
Tony has since revamped Wolves' approach to fitness and conditioning with the rest of the club's backroom staff and introduced various new techniques which helped the team becoming renowned for their levels of fitness.
He also graduated with a Masters degree in Applied Sports Science and Exercise in the summer of 2010.
Fitness Coach Mal Purchase arrived at Molineux in January 2013 with a high reputation for his previous work helping injured players return to fitness.
Purchase worked alongside Dean Saunders and Assistant Manager Brian Carey at both Wrexham and Doncaster Rovers, and joined Tony Daley in working on the fitness of the first team squad at Wolves.
On his arrival, Saunders praised Purchase’s work at his previous clubs, and predicted he would one day work in the Premier League.
Pat Mountain arrived at Molineux to take over as goalkeeping coach in the summer of 2008.
Prior to arriving at Wolves, he had worked with Cardiff's Academy and with Wales under-21s as well as with Cheltenham and Hereford under well-known former Wolves figures Keith Downing and Graham Turner respectively.
As a player Pat started out with Cardff before moving on to Barry Town where he picked up UEFA Cup experience.
A Welsh under-21 international himself, he also turned out for Yeovil Town and Newport County before three serious knee injuries led to early retirement at the age of 27.
From that setback however Pat was able to focus all his attentions on honing his coaching skills, and is now charged with the task of looking after Wolves' impressive array of keepers, which in recent years has included the likes of Wayne Hennessey, Carl Ikeme, Marcus Hahnemann and Dorus De Vries.
Pat was the youngest coach ever to complete both UEFA's outfield and goalkeeping coaching 'A' licences.
Trevor first joined Wolves as driver of the team coach, before becoming the Kit Man, the role he has now filled for seven years.
The role brings Trevor overall responsibility for all first team and development team kit, including matchdays and training.
Steve first joined Wolves as security to the team at the start of the Premier League season of 2003/04.
Since then he has continued to work for the club as a team assistant.
The role is mainly focused around assisting with the kit at home and away matches at every first team fixture, while in the summer of 2011 he became a full-time kit man, taking on main responsibilities for the kit at the Compton training ground.
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Assistant Club Secretary
Alison joined Wolves in 2005 as assistant club secretary having spent 12 years at West Bromwich Albion.Her job at Wolves entails assisting club secretary Richard Skirrow on football related issues whilst also carrying out other duties in relation to the general running of the club.
At The Hawthorns Alison fulfilled a dual role, providing assistance to the club secretary on the football side of the business while also working as PA to the manager and first team squad.