Wolves seem to be starting again under Nuno Santo and with plans taking shape on and off the field, David Evans suggests Wolves need to keep the culture that has made the club liked off the field in their attempt to follow the Premier League road.
Wolves have a great history, don’t they?
I could type away about our rich history, from the days of Billy Wright, to Derek Dougan, Andy Gray at the League Cup Final, Bully and beyond.
However, my detailed knowledge of our historic past knows only so much. So I’ll probably get something wrong.
Our historic background is something to emrbace. A culture which runs deep within the club.
It should be something the current generation (have I just said that?) are educated more on (Have I just said that whole sentance? Really?).
Evolution not revolution
‘Times they’re a changing’ once sung Bob Dylan and used by that narrative voice three quarters of the way through Anchorman.
With Fosun’s takeover last summer, a new chapter began in the history of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.
Wolves history has been fantastically immortalised in the club museam and will hold a special place in our tickers.
Going forward this history needs to continue to be woven into our future and what the club represents. Fosun would win many points for doing that.
After a chaotic scene last season, Wolves seem to be getting the right pieces in place for another go.
An experienced continetal coach is at the head, works have begun to renovate the ground, and Jeff Shi, Fosun Supermo has become Chairman and is moving to the City of Dreams.
Whilst things change on the field, it is important for the club to remember its roots off it.
As Wolves hopefully progress into the size of a club we have all dreamt of, I hope that it does not leave it’s connection with with fans behind.
Forging a bond
Following relegation to League One in 2013, the Jackett Revival created a key change at the club, an increased connection between club and fan.
This ethos along which was epitmoised with down to earth and genuine players has continued for many years.
Players are approachable and talkative in person, and ‘banter’ on social media (depending on what you’re saying that is).
Football changes with the times and clubs evolve.
However, this culture does not need disappear.
This connection which has been created and matured needs to be kept.
Would I snap your hands off for European football If it meant no Wolves player spoke to a fan again? Probably.
However, there is a connection that should not be lost when hopefully Wolves grow.
Youth hostelling with Chris Eubank
In recent years, Manchester City have done well to continue their close relationship between fan and club, despite their rapid rise in statue as this piece shows.
Am I now expecting Ivan Cavalerio to go candle stick making at Bliss Hill?
In my mind, yes. In reality, no.
It doesn’t mean that these activities should halt when the type of calibre of player and the view of wolves withing the hierarchy of english football potentially increases.
Remember this cheeky chappy asking questions from Twitter? This type of content, regardless of club statue, needs to continue.
Let’s hope we’re about to see the beginning of Wolves climb up the ladder.
Just don’t forget where you came from.