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Wolves Appoint New Head of Recruitment

Thu 3rd Jan 2013 | Football Club Management

Wolverhampton Wanderers have announced the appointment of Stuart Webber as the club’s new Head of Recruitment.

Webber joins Wolves from Queens Park Rangers where he was one of the club’s Chief Scouts and will report to recently-appointed Head of Football Development and Recruitment, Kevin Thelwell as part of the new footballing structure announced in mid-December which also includes Technical Recruitment Officer, Chris Badlan.

“I am delighted that Stuart has joined the club,” said Wolves Manager, Ståle Solbakken.

“It is part of the new structure put in place with Kevin Thelwell and is an important appointment which will benefit us in the transfer market both at home and abroad.”

Webber previously worked at Wrexham and set up their Academy scouting system, before joining Liverpool’s Academy as a Senior National Scout in 2009, later becoming Director of Recruitment in 2011.

Thelwell expressed his delight to have brought Webber in to the new structure, “We were delighted to be able to get Stuart on board and he has now started working with us,” said Thelwell.

“I have known Stuart for a little while now and particularly from our time working with Academies.

“He did really well at Liverpool and played a major part in their recruitment drive at Academy level, with the players coming through at Anfield now demonstrating how strong that process is.

“Stuart also gained senior experience during his time with QPR.

“He fits in with us at Wolves not only thanks to his experience and expertise but in terms of the sort of person he is as well.

“His role at Liverpool was Academy-based but when you think about that both he and I have got a high level of experience of players who have since gone on to play in people’s first team or out on loan.

“Those players Stuart picked up may now be 21, 22 or 23 so he has a real working knowledge of the strongest, youngest and hungriest players that are out there.

“He also has that experience with QPR and knows the Premier League and Under-21 League very well, has strong European experience to bring to us as well as a wide knowledge of the Championship.”

With Thelwell now having moved into his new role, Wolves have confirmed that Academy Head of Coaching, Gareth Prosser is taking on the position of temporary Academy manager ahead of a permanent appointment being made in the summer.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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