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Seyi Olofinjana, Head of Wolf Loans, Joins Grasshoppers

What is the connection with Grasshoppers?

Grasshoppers, historically the most successful club in the history of Swiss football, was taken over by a Hong Kong company owned by Jenny Wang, the wife of Fosun boss Gup Guangchang, a year ago after experiencing tough times and relegated.

Four Wolves players (Leo Bonatini, Connor Ronan, Oskar Buur Rasmussen and Toti Gomes) are currently on loan with Switzerland’s second team.

Former Wolves board member Sky Sun is the club’s chairman, while former Wolves European scout chief Bernard Schuiteman was Grasshoppers’ sporting director before leaving in February.

It is believed that Olofinjana will be named Schuiteman’s successor in the coming weeks, with the 40-year-old still working at Wolves for the time being.

What does this mean for wolves?

Olofinjana became the club’s first “ loan lane manager ” two years ago (after helping coach at the academy and at the under-23 level) to oversee an expanding group of loan players, which this season includes Dion Sanderson (Sunderland), Patrick Cutrone (Valencia). , Rafa Mir (Huesca), as well as a crowd of youngsters and the four Grasshoppers players.

Wolves will look to replace Olofinjana this summer. The former Nigerian international midfielder said Athletic’s Weekly wolf podcast The Molineux View last year, after earning two master’s degrees in athletic direction and project management (not to mention a chemical engineering degree), he was looking to land a sporting director position.

Switching to Grasshoppers, a club closely linked to wolves, seems like the ideal.

He said last year: “If I want to be in football, what is my strength? Where can I apply my knowledge? I think it’s on the administrative side, so I thought to myself that I’m going to learn to be a sports director.

“I can learn and move up through the ranks, hence the role of loan manager. For me, it’s a mini role of sports director.

How are the grasshoppers?

They lead the Swiss second division and move closer to promotion with five games to go.

The Wolves hope to use the partnership to their advantage in the years to come.

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