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Wolves: Thelwell's Adventure

Started on 17 January 2013 by Glenn T
Latest Reply on 23 January 2013 by CrazyNinja
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Introduction

I have had failures with many saves/stories for awhile now and I can't seem to grip onto a long-term save. This time, the club I'll be trying out is Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship. I have a premonition I'll be getting bored with it but I'll try anyway. It'll be easy to get results with Wolves (or so I think) in the first season so hopefully the wins will keep me interested in the game. At Molineux I will take on the persona of Kevin Thelwell, the club's Head of Youth, after I got bored with retired players becoming managers and such. Thanks for reading!

Index

Season One: 2012/13

Episode 1: Who is Kevin Thelwell?
Episode 2: Trouble at Molineux
Episode 3: The Squad
Episode 4: Pre-Season: Getting Pumped
Episode 5: Overhaul
Episode 6: August: A Bad Start
Episode 7: Summer 2012/13: Transfers
Episode 8: Jamaica's Calling
Episode 9: The Full-Time Job
Episode 10: September: Plummet

Who is Kevin Thelwell?



Kevin Thelwell is a 38-year-old Welshman who has been the Head of Youth Development at Wolverhampton Wanderers since 2008. As a schoolboy, Thelwell progressed through the youth academy at Crewe Alexandra but failed to hold down a first-team place, instead going on to have a semi-professional career with clubs like Northwich Victoria, Winsford United and Congleton Town.

His first non-playing job in football was as Head of Youth at Preston North End in 2005 and had great success. Thelwell moved a season later to join Derby as academy manager. He was also appointed as caretaker manager of the Derby first team, despite it being a rather short period. Thelwell left Derby County in 2008 to join Wolverhampton, where he still is to this day.

Trouble at Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers have announced the permanent departure of interim manager Terry Connor, with the club deciding not to hand the temporary head coach a permanent contract after his failure at securing the Wolves' top flight status. He has also been relieved of his previous duties as assistant manager, and will now leave the club entirely.


Chairman Steve Morgan and managing director Jez Moxey has also confirmed that Head of Youth Kevin Thelwell will be in charge of the first team as caretaker manager until further notice.

The 38-year-old's only previous managerial experience is with the youth teams at Derby County, and has been at Molineux since 2008.
Good luck!

The Squad



I had been working at Molineux for three or so years, and I didn't need to know every one to find out who would be vital to our season and our push for instant promotion back to the top flight. The likes of Roger Johnson will be a key figure, as well as Karl Henry.



The entire squad needs some serious strengthening though, and until Steve Morgan can find a suitable replacement, it will be up to me on the transfers side.




Nice lay-out! How much budget have you been given.
2013-01-17 19:24#77600 PaukerJ : Nice lay-out! How much budget have you been given.

5 million, should be plenty.
You keep starting new stories Glenn. Hope u stick to this.
2013-01-17 20:07#77607 dragoblaze12 : You keep starting new stories Glenn. Hope u stick to this.

I hope so too. :D

Pre-Season: Getting Pumped



Pre-season was a huge success, at least to me. I'm really getting into this manager thing, and if Steve Morgan wants me on full-time, which is unlikely, I'll be happy to accept the job. I tried introducing a few youths into the first team for the friendlies, and the biggest surprise was this lad, Frank Nouble, appearing in 5 of the friendlies and scoring 4 goals. We also drew 2-2 to the Reserves, but that's probably the only blemish of our pre-season.


Friendlies
Wolves 2 - 2 Wolves Reserves
Ebanks-Blake
Hunt

Aalen 2 - 4 Wolves
Henry
Nouble
Sako
Nouble

Mainz 0 - 1 Wolves
Nouble

Telford 0 - 3 Wolves
Doyle
Nouble
Sigurdsson

Wolves 2 - 0 Levante
Sako
Sako

Ujpest 1 - 1 Wolves
Henry

Overhaul

Steve Morgan decided to install a new backroom team at Molineux, and I have no complains with that. Although he kept some of the better ones, at least half the staff were fired including the physios and scouts. I thought he would be sacking coaches and the like, but if he has better physios and scouts in mind, I can't complain.

In just over a week, Steve got in the new guys that'll be helping Wolves through the Championship for the season, and I have to admit I'm impressed.



An updated staff list was handed over to me by Jez Moxey this morning, with Steve wanting every board member and the manager to have a copy.


New chief scout Gilmar Francisco heads a team of scouts heavily based in Brazil. I asked Steve about this and he insisted that Brazilians were the easiest to hire, with their low wage demands and all.


Finally, I ran through the last file for the morning, and found it was about the new staff again, namely, the profiles and descriptions of the new staff we hired.








August: A Bad Start



Life in the Championship have gotten off to a bad start for us. We've lost 2 and drew 1 in 3 games and this kind of results are seeing us drop into 22nd place of the league.



Championship

Wolves 2 - 2 Leeds
Doyle
Doyle

Birmingham 3 - 1 Wolves
Doyle

Wolves 0 - 1 Crystal Palace

League Cup

Oxford 0 - 4 Wolves
Henry
Doyle
Sako
Doyle

Wolves 2 - 1 Hartlepool
Doyle
Doyle

Our standout performer for the month is Irish striker Kevin Doyle, who's been scoring for fun this month. Unfortunately, we'll need more goals from him in order to lift ourselves up the league table.

Summer 2012/13: Transfers

With Steve Morgan happy to put me in charge of transfers until he could find a suitable full-time manager, I was happy to manage the transfers for the club. It's good to finally get a bit of authority. Some transfer business I did included shipping out some of the more useless players and those who were not as determined as the rest of our squad were, to push for promotion back into the Premier League. A few youngsters who I deemed unable to make the cut also left.





I brought in as many young players as I could, players that were hungry to succeed. They are all foreign-based but I have no doubt they will go on to become legends at the club if they can achieve their full potential. I might be thinking a little too far ahead, but...

Darren Randolph is the oldest player I've got in, at the age of 25. A goalkeeper, he was personally recommended to me by friends who watch the Scottish Premier League. He'll be given the job of first-choice for us, for about two to three months.

Hopefully my new squad can give the fans some beautiful football to watch.

Jamaica's Calling

Wolves captain Karl Henry was handed his international debut by Jamaica yesterday, at the age of 29.


Henry is primarily English but is eligible to play for Jamaica through Jamaican relatives and family. The central midfielder was approached by then manager John Barnes to play for Jamaica, but he rejected the opportunity.

It appears Henry has now agreed to play for the North American team, after he made his debut for the Reggae Boyz in their 1-3 loss against Canada.

"It's brilliant that I've finally got a chance to represent a national team and I'm very happy to be able to play for Jamaica," said Henry. "I want to stay in this team until I retire."

The Full-Time Job

Fans of recently-relegated Wolverhampton Wanderers have slammed the Wolves board for not getting in a full-time manager for the club.


It has been over three months since chairman Steve Morgan announced caretaker manager Terry Connor would not be continuing in the same role for the Wolves' season in the Championship.

Since then, Head of Youth Development Kevin Thelwell has been placed in temporary charge and has overseen transfers and a mixture of results, with the board at Molineux seemingly in no hurry to appoint a full-time manager.

However, fans have now voiced their displeasure at the board, and this may force Morgan to quicken the board's search for a manager.

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