A potential takeover could have just as many benefits for the city as for our football club Jamie Allen writes.
Over the past few weeks Wolves fans up and down the land have been kept on the edge of their seats with the possibility of being bought by Chinese billionaire Robin Li.
Just walking down the street you can hear whisper of Wolves fans conversing with friends about our chances of reaching the 2019 Champions League final and the prospect of becoming one of Europe’s leading sides is definitely a refreshing thought.
However, away from the stands what could this mean for the City of Wolverhampton which has been left stagnant and rundown for many years, driving away business and shoppers preferring to travel to nearby Birmingham and Merry Hill Westfield’s.
With each passing year Wolverhampton City Centre has become more desolate as if shops were disappearing overnight. However with talk of billionaire Robin Li interested in the purchase of Wolves this could help to gather more national and perhaps even international business interest into the city.
That is of course if everything were to go right on the pitch. Results could help to gather a bundle of new businesses, shops and jobs off the pitch, bringing wealth back to the city and its people.
A potential takeover of this magnitude could prove as a lifeline for the city with potential to bring further investment, business and tourism to Wolverhampton.
With a rich and vast history Wolves and the city will ponder why the city can’t thrive in a modern and ever changing world.
Geographically Wolverhampton is well situated with links into Birmingham, London and Manchester which could tempt businesses to branch out into the city.
All that is lacking is a trigger, a spark from somewhere to get the ball rolling. This spark could very well stem from Wolves and potential owner Robin Li.
It would seem very fitting that the city’s football club be the centre for regeneration as it has seem to stand the test of time and come back ever stronger.
Last week Wolverhampton Council unveiled Westside leisure project that will include restaurants and a multiplex cinema in the city centre. Creating hundreds of jobs and thousands in building work.
Although this much needed project for the city was already in the works, perhaps this could a sign of things to come for Wolves on and off the pitch.
All that remains to be seen is Robin Li, or whoever this potential owner could be, gracing the Molineux turf flying the old gold flag high and mighty.