New Wolves boss, Ståle Solbakken’s, claims that there is a ‘dictatorship’ culture in English football should come as a welcome sign for fans of the Championship club.
Looking to start afresh, after their dismal Premier League relegation last term, Wolves Chief Executive, Jez Moxey, was swift in his appointment of Solbakken, paving the way for a new era at Molineux.
Indeed, it looks as though the fresh start will also see a new ethos at Wolves, with Solbakken defiant in his support for youth development.
Blasting the ‘dictatorship culture’ of football, which demands big-name signings and immediate success, Solbakken instead advocated structural ‘culture’ as the way forward for English football clubs:
“By building a great foundation and a strong culture, and by having the right people in the right places, then the manager should oversee small changes,” said the new boss.
The Norwegian can talk from great experience about the benefits of growing a team ethos. He was the boss at Danish side FC Copenhagen for five seasons, winning the league title three times, and taking the club to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Copenhagen grew a talented squad through their youth development programme, which propelled them to the status of Scandinavia’s biggest club.
Their Champions League exploits two seasons ago earned plaudits from fans of Betfair football betting, and Solbakken got his chance to manage FC Cologne in the German Bundesliga.
At Cologne, however, Solbakken felt the force of dictator-like owners. After a spell of bad results, the Norwegian was sacked, having been in the job barely eight months.
Having felt the effects of both regime styles, Solbakken knows which is more beneficial. In outlining the need for a new ‘dynasty’ at Molineux, Solbakken is laying down his claim to a four or five year project.
Don’t expect big results just yet, for it will take time for the Ståle revolution to take hold. Once it does, however, Wolves can expect a sustainable club to rise from their current disarray.
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