Wolves have announced Scott Sellars is to be the club’s new head of academy.
The 53-year-old, who is currently head of player development at Molineux, takes on the new post immediately after Gareth Prosser’s decision at the end of 2018 to step down as academy manager.
Sellars, who joined the club from Manchester City’s academy just under five years ago, began at Wolves as under-23s head coach before taking on his current role in the summer.
Several players from Wolves’ academy have graduated to the first team squad this season, as Sellars helped bridge the gap between development and senior football.
Elliot Watt, Pedro Goncalves, Benny Ashley-Seal, Ryan Giles and Niall Ennis have all made their first-team debuts during the current campaign.
Sporting director Kevin Thelwell led the search for a new academy lead, and is thrilled to appoint Sellars.
“We are all delighted Scott has this opportunity further enhance the great work he has carried out at Wolves academy since he first arrived in 2014,” said Thelwell.
“The level of applicants was very strong, but we felt Scott stood out as the best candidate and that it was right to give him this opportunity. Ultimately, we believe he is the best man for the job.
“During his time at the academy, Scott has displayed the key Wolves values and showed real desire in all the roles he has held, to produce and promote the highest quality of young players through the ranks at our club.
“We hope Scott will develop a programme that continues to place Wolves among the best academies in the country, as well as find new ways to improve further, all with the intention of supporting the club achieve success.”
As a player, winger Sellars enjoyed a successful playing career, amassing almost 550 League appearances for clubs including Newcastle, Blackburn and Bolton.
On the coaching side, Sellars has been assistant manager at Chesterfield in League Two and spent five years as academy coach at City.
At Wolves, Sellars has also worked as assistant manager of the first-team under caretaker boss Rob Edwards, the current under-23s head coach.