Dave Edwards has given his verdict on Wolves appointing Matt Hobbs as their new sporting director.
The club parted company with Scott Sellars last week, with the 56-year-old leaving the club after eight years.
Sellars was the club’s technical director, but he initially joined the club and worked with the U21s as part of an academy restructure.
He had a big influence on the likes of Morgan Gibbs-White and Connor Ronan.
After that, he was the head of development care, then academy manager and then a general manager, before becoming technical director.
It was reported over the weekend that executive chairman Jeff Shi decided to sack Sellars because he ‘did not have the recruitment background or the force of personality to be the figurehead Wolves needed in one of their key backroom roles’.
Hobbs has replaced Sellars, with his title being ‘sporting director’.
Hobbs had been the chief scout at Molineux, and it is hoped his appointment, along with Fran Garagarza, will bring about positive change at Molineux in terms of recruitment.
Former Molineux midfielder Edwards doesn’t believe all Wolves fans are behind the decision.
He said (via Express & Star): “If it works, he will be applauded, but if it doesn’t – then it is a problem – but that is the life of someone in that kind of high-pressure role.
“I touched on Scott Sellars last week, he had a difficult job, but he did well in it. This is another internal promotion for Wolves, one that I am not convinced the fans are 100 percent behind.
“Perhaps they would have liked someone from the outside to come in, especially with the resources the club now has with Jorge Mendes and the contacts he has.”
Matt Hobbs has a big job on as Wolves’ new sporting director
It will be fascinating to see how things pan out now with Hobbs as the new sporting director at Wolves.
With his experience as a scout and his strong communication skills, many Wolves fans are hoping the appointment will be successful.
All eyes will be on the recruitment for January.
Wolves need to make a few additions so that Julen Lopetegui can have the best chance possible of getting the club up the Premier League table.
A new central defender, another striker and perhaps a new right-back should be on the agenda. Hopefully, Hobbs is already making headway with improving the first-team squad.