Little over two years ago, Wolves were
Fosun International. To those who knew no better, it seemed like another ponzi scheme. An Asian conglomerate and investment company. Wolves fans could cite QPR
After the first season in charge Wolves sat in a lowly fifteenth place. Fans began to murmur. A summer of discontent would not be tolerated. Jeff Shi decided to make a decision, one to show the Wolverhampton faithful he was for real. He was tired of emails and phone calls from across the globe, this needed a hands on approach. No longer wanting to be a main director, Jeff Shi changed his title to chairman. Then he moved. From Shanghai. To Wolverhampton.
The boardroom was changed. Jeff Shi wanted a tight-knit group, who knew what was best for the club. He appointed lifelong Wolves fans John Bowater and John Gough to help with the running of the business. A new manager was in order.
Nuno Espirito Santo was called for. Investment was necessary for a promotion challenge. Wolves started to buy. Barry Douglas and John Ruddy came in to stop the leak of goals. The signing of wonderkid Ruben Neves for a fee of £15.8m got the Wolves faithful dreaming about a Premier League return.
The blueprint was set. The plan was in order. If Wolves could go out and play to their potential, then they had a chance to reach the big time. An experienced coach, skilful players and an ambitious owner were determined to reward the fans loyalty.
Forty-six games later, Wolverhampton Wanderers had amassed 99 points. Jeff Shi's plan
After a six season stint in the lower divisions, Wolves are back at the Premier League
Some question Wolves' hold on financial fair play, but managing director Laurie Dalrymple recently told the Express and Star that the club is "not in danger"
Why Wolves? Many would ask Jeff Shi what his motivation was for buying a football team in middle England. Was it a shared history in industrial management? An unmissable investment opportunity? To allow his primary group of Fosun International to garner greater global attention?
I doubt the people of Wolverhampton care. In an Express and Star exclusive, the Chinese businessman explained his long term goals, stating:
"We want to build a strong team and it will take time with ups and downs...
On 11 August, Wolves will host Everton