​Wolverhampton Wanderers' sporting director Kevin Thelwell will leave the club this month to take up the role of head of sport at MLS side New York Red Bulls.

Thelwell was initially the Academy manager at Wolves when he joined 11 years ago, before he became the head of football development and recruitment. In 2016, the 46-year-old became the sporting director, while he was also appointed to the club's board of directors in August. 

The club have taken to their ​official website to confirm his departure, while Thelwell has also stated that it's been a 'pleasure' to work at the club. He said: “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.

Scott Sellars,Kevin Thelwell

“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.”

​Wolves chairman Jeff Shi was quick to thank Thelwell for his hard work, adding: “Kevin has excelled in his role and has helped us build exceptional teams throughout Compton, in the Academy, recruitment, medical and analysis departments.

“The role of a sporting director is much broader than most people think, with a variety of different complexities and challenges, and without a doubt Kevin has fulfilled the expectations of the board and I over the last three-and-a-half years.

Jeff Shi

Shi further stated that, although a key figure is leaving the club, it is an opportunity to improve and build an even stronger team. He continued: “While there is of course natural sadness to see Kevin depart, his desire to embark on a new chapter was something we discussed openly together and we all wish him the best of luck in his new role.

“Every departure is a chance to build an even stronger team, and I will assume Kevin’s roles and responsibilities while we take this opportunity to review our structure and make sure we are as efficient as we can be, and built for future success.”