Scott Sellars was subject to boos this weekend at Molineux as many Wolves fans directed their anger towards the club’s technical director.
Wanderers are in a very worrying predicament right now.
The club sits second-bottom of the Premier League table, level on points with Nottingham Forest.
It is just two wins from the first 12 games and only five goals have been scored.
The club sacked Bruno Lage at the start of the month, and have still not replaced him. Last week it was decided that Steve Davis would be taking the team until 2023.
On Sunday, Wolves produced their worst performance of the season, losing 4-0 to Leicester City.
A bright start was quickly spoiled by a wonderful goal by Youri Tielemans, before Harvey Barnes added a second.
In the second-half, James Maddison waltzed forward to score an easy third, and then Jamie Vardy tapped in number four, prompting a mass exodus at Molineux.
In the second-half, chants against Sellars could be heard.
Days before the game it had been reported that the technical director is taking an active role on matchdays for Wolves, communicating with the bench.
A photo is currently doing the rounds on social media of Sellars at yesterday’s game with a tactics board.
After the game, Davis said he was surprised by the chanting, insisting he doesn’t get involved in team matters.
This morning, The Athletic have reported on what Sellars’ role entails.
The publication say that he is essentially a ‘line manager, coordinating the work of analysts, sports scientists, scouts, coaches and academy staff as a footballing figurehead’.
He does not, apparently, make any of the key decisions, like who to sign and who calls the shots.
Sellars apparently didn’t decide on any of Wolves’ summer recruits. Many were proposed by the agent Jorge Mendes, with club staff merely providing ‘confirmatory checks’.
It is also stated that Sellars has not been the man leading Wolves’ search for a new head coach.
Scott Sellars should break silence as many Wolves fans turn on technical director
Now would be a good time for Sellars to communicate with the fans.
It is threatening to become very toxic at Wolves, and he has contributed to that atmosphere.
The report from the Athletic is interesting. It is very much at odds with what Sellars said back in March in an interview with the Express & Star. He talked then about his role in signing players, which was a process that was ‘very much a team decision’. He also said that his job is ‘not just recruitment, it stretches far beyond that’.
So have his responsibilities now been stripped back?
If Sellars is now not deciding who to sign and who calls the shots, then it’s hard to place what he actually does.
The actual description of his role from The Athletic is vague to say the least.
When it comes to recruitment, it feels as though Jorge Mendes has far too much influence.
That he can propose players and then all it takes is a ‘confirmatory check’ from Molineux staff is alarming.
Surely Wolves need someone who can conduct extensive checks on potential targets to ensure they are right for both the system and the dressing room.