Wembley just the start for Wolves’ dreams and ambitions

Club’s sporting director, Kevin Thelwell, recalls when perennial struggle gave way to unbridled ambition with new owners and a mercurial manager taking the club to dizzy heights

It was the summer of 2016, Wolverhampton had just been taken over by the Chinese conglomerate Fosun and Kevin Thelwell was left in no uncertain terms that life at Molineux was about to change beyond all recognition. “Fosun had a very clear plan right from the very start,” he says. “’What does ‘great’ look like? That’s where we’re going, you’d better get your mind around that pretty quickly. We’re getting out of this league, into the Premier League and then we’re heading in that direction.’”

Thelwell is Wolves’ sporting director and, for the avoidance of doubt, pointing upward as he finishes that sentence. The man outlining the vision was Jeff Shi, who is Fosun’s representative and the executive chairman at Molineux, and it is tempting to think that he could just have quoted the city’s motto. “Out of darkness cometh light” are the words under Wolverhampton’s coat of arms.

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