Wolves’ technical director Scott Sellars has given a fascinating interview about the way the club conducts its transfer business.
The official sat down with the Express & Star to talk about how things are done behind the scenes, how Wolves will be operating in terms of recruitment, and Fosun.
Wolves fans have been keen to know about what things are like at the club in terms of the recruitment process.
The last two transfer windows have been somewhat underwhelming.
Since the arrivals of Nelson Semedo and Fabio Silva in the summer of 2020, there haven’t really been any big-money moves.
Hwang Hee-chan will become a permanent Wolves player later this year for around £14 million.
Some fans are hoping to see a bit more cash splashed this summer, but Sellars’ latest comments indicate that isn’t a guarantee.
He said (Express & Star): “Over time we have developed a shared philosophy that is right for Wolves, and we’ll not risk the club’s future by veering away from that model in pursuit of short-term gains at the expense of long-term stability.
“Fosun said when they came in they’d spend a lot of money to get us there and then our task is to manage ourselves as a football business. We’re not a club that spends way beyond our means, we won’t do it.
“I don’t want to do it either. Football for me is about protecting the club as well, not just about spending loads of money and three years down the line everyone is out of work because we’ve spent too much and it’s not been a success.”
Sellars also had some things to say about manager Bruno Lage.
The 56-year-old enjoys working with the former Benfica man, who he describes as ‘really ambitious’.
Interestingly, Sellars has said that the two have to agree on potential signings.
He said: “It’s important that we all try and get to the same decision. I don’t want to sign players that he doesn’t want and I don’t ever want to sign players that he wants and I don’t want. It’s very much a team decision.”
Concerning remark from Sellars on Wolves transfers – Lage surely needs more of a say
‘I don’t ever want to sign players that he wants and I don’t want’ is a slightly concerning comment from Sellars.
This would suggest that he ultimately calls the shots when it comes to new players coming into the club.
But Lage is the first-team manager, and works with the team day in day out. His tactics, his system, his team, his vision.
He’ll know exactly the profile of player he needs. So the idea of Sellars not wanting to sign a player Lage wants is a worry.
From what he’s shown so far at Molineux, Lage has earned the right to be having a big say on potential incomings.
Hopefully this does not prove to be something that gets his back up.