A 20-year football career preceded a successful journey in coaching for Scott Sellars, who now looks after the technical side of the game for Wolves. Recruitment, analysis and the Academy all come under the remit of Sellars, who is constantly looking to progress the team behind the scenes at Compton Park.
Scott, what are the responsibilities of you and your team at Wolves?
My responsibilities as general manager of the football technical side are varied. Firstly, to work closely with the recruitment team, making sure we’re producing a good quality list of players that we think are suitable. Also, with the analysis team, making sure we’re providing a good service throughout the football club, looking at ourselves and trends out there. I’m also still working closely with the Academy, making sure we’re progressing well and achieving our targets. I watch most of the games across the age groups and, if not, I’ll watch the videos of the game, just to see the progression of the teams and the good players we have.
Tell us a bit about your background before joining Wolves.
My background’s football. I left school at 16 to become a professional footballer and was lucky enough to have a career for 20 years. I retired at 37 and always wanted to stay in football, so I progressed into coaching, working at Sheffield United as a youth coach, left to work first-team at Chesterfield as assistant manager, then progressed back to working at Manchester City as a youth coach. After there, I came to Wolves as under-23 coach and progressed to be head of Academy at Wolves.
What attracted you to the Wolves project?
The role was something I wanted to do – be an under-23 coach. Wolves is a club I always really respected. I always remember my father telling me about the team of the ‘50s and during my childhood Wolves were a good team in the ‘70s. As player, I used to love playing here because it’s a big club. I thought the structure was excellent, I felt it was a club on the up and I knew some of the people, so the decision was simple.
How do your team embody the Wolves spirit?
I think we’re very progressive, we don’t see it just as the first-team, we’re trying to get better everywhere. Jeff focuses on an entrepreneurial mindset, which is part of being progressive and that would sum us up. As people, we’re very united and very humble. The one thing we always say about us as staff, and players, throughout the club, is there’s no big-time people. We’re all here doing our job, we’re very proud to work for Wolves, and that stands out very strong at the whole football club.
What do you love about working for Wolves?
It’s that desire to improve and not stay the same, following the same things everybody else does. It’s something I talk to the team about – just because we do it this way, it doesn’t mean it is the right way. Is there a better way to do things? It’s a very progressive club, it’s got its own unique way of doing things and I’d like to think does things very well.
What are your objectives for the future at Wolves?
I go back to being progressive. From an Academy point of view, making sure that we’re delivering in terms of creating excellent players, but also excellent people. Someone isn’t always going to be a professional footballer but has a career somewhere else in the Football League. Some boys have gone to America to get degrees at universities and do football scholarships, and we’re very proud of them all. From working more as a general manager, it’s making sure everything we do is a good quality and very supportive of whatever people need in the football club, whether that’s the first-team or academy, and making sure we drive the club forward.
What would you describe as your best achievement while working for Wolves?
I’d like to think there’s a few. The quality of players coming through, a lot of our loans now are going to Championship clubs and high-level clubs in Europe. Also, carrying on the good work done before by Kevin Thelwell and Gareth Prosser was important, as a category 1 academy. How we’ve brought the recruitment team together is really forward-thinking and is working well. I’d also like to think some of things we’re doing behind the scenes, in terms of recognising who we are as a football club and how we play, is something that excites me and is important for the club moving forward.
Finally, tell us something about you that we didn’t already know.
I have a masters in sporting directorship. It’s something I did a couple of years ago, which I’m very proud of. As a boy who left school at 16 with very little qualifications, to go back to education at 50-years-old was a bit of a shock, but I’m proud that I got qualified.