Kevin Thelwell

Sporting Director


Kevin Thelwell was promoted to the role of Sporting Director in the summer of 2016. This role involves overseeing all matters relating to the football side of the club.
Kevin had previously been appointed as Head of Football Development and Recruitment in January, 2013, following 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.