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2020

Wolves kid Giles has ‘Premier quality’ but must graft to make it at Coventry

Mark Robins believes Wolves cub Ryan Giles has ‘Premier League quality’ – but faces some hard graft to win a place in his Coventry City team. Giles started his Sky Blues loan on the bench as an unused substitute in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Bolton at St. Andrew’s. The 20-year-old had a watching brief as Sam McCallum took the left wing back slot, while Brandon Mason, who has played 17 games in all competitions this season, wasn’t even on the bench after playing in the FA Cup fourth round replay against Birmingham City on Tuesday night. McCallum, 19, is back…

Wolves signing Luke Matheson can go to the very top – Hill

Wolves youngster Luke Matheson has been told he can play for England – and surprise his Molineux team-mates by challenging for a first-team place next season. Bolton manager Keith Hill gave the 17-year-old right wing back his debut at just 15 at Rochdale from where Wolves have snapped him up for an initial £1m last month. Matheson has returned to the League One club on loan for the rest of the season. The youngster has made just 19 League appearances and 32 in total. But Hill, 50, is convinced the teenager, who has already played for England Under-18s, will represent…

Ricketts: Pressure of playing for Liverpool like Wolves in League One

Former Wolves captain Sam Ricketts has compared the pressure of playing for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to being at Molineux in League One. Ricketts, now managing Shrewsbury Town, recently took the Premier League champions-elect to an FA Cup fourth round replay, which they lost 1-0 at Anfield after forcing a 2-2 draw at Montogmery Waters Meadow. The replay drew massive focus as Klopp elected to play his Under-23s team and was not even present as his first team were on their winter break. Ricketts had a half-hour chat with the Liverpool manager after their first game and understood the German’s reasoning…

Thelwell to leave Wolves to take up New York head of sport post

Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell admits it has been a ‘pleasure and a privilege’ to work for the club as he prepares to leave for a new challenge in the United States with New York Red Bulls. The 46-year-old, who has been at Wolves for more than 11 years, is to leave this month to take up the newly-created role as head of sport at New York Red Bulls. Thelwell first came to Molineux as as Academy manager, then head of football development and recruitment, before becoming sporting director in 2016. In August last year, Thelwell was appointed to the…