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Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell joins New York Red Bulls

After overseeing Wolverhampton Wanderers’ enormous rise from League One to the Europa League knockout stages, sporting director Kevin Thelwell will take on a new challenge.

It was announced on Monday that at the end of the month, Thelwell will take over Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls as their head of sport, a newly-created position.

Current Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett will remain in his position and report to the 46-year-old Thelwell.

“I am both honoured and excited to join the New York Red Bulls,” Thelwell said.

“When this opportunity presented itself, I was given the chance to meet people within the organization to learn more about the club and soon realized that this was the right place for me.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work in Major League Soccer and continue the club’s pursuit of competing for MLS Cup.

“To work at Wolves for the length of time that I have has been both a pleasure and a privilege.

“When I first took over as sporting director, we were on the brink of being relegated to League One, and when I look at the progress made and where the club is today I am proud to have played my part.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the club, and of course the fans, for making the club what it is today – I am sure there are many more great times ahead and I look forward to watching and supporting from a distance.

“It was always going to take something special for me to leave Wolves and I feel very lucky to have been offered such an exciting new challenge for both my family and I in the United States.”

Thelwell first joined Wolves in 2008 as the club’s academy manager after holding the same role at Derby County.