Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club — known to soccer fans around the world as “Wolves” — is pleased to announce that Ian McClurg will be joining the club as an official scout. Ian is based near Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is owner and technical director of 1v1 Soccer FC – one of the UK club’s most successful partner clubs in North America.
For the last two years, Ian has served as a scout and coach for the Wolves North American Academy and today’s announcement will increase the direct link from 1v1 Soccer FC to the Wolves FC academy in England. Ian has been a frequent visitor to the Wolves academy at Compton — one of a only a handful of Category One academies in England — and has worked closely with the UK team’s academy staff to evaluate and assess young North American players who aspire to play at the game’s highest levels.
With this announcement, Ian will have increased responsibilities for training young players in North America using the “Wolves Way” methodology and for identifying youngsters for further training and evaluation opportunities in England.
”Over the last few years I have been very impressed by Ian’s work at the 1 v 1 Soccer FC Academy,” says Gareth Prosser, Wolves Academy Manager. “During this time, the staff and I have been fortunate to work with a number of players who have come from the 1 v 1 Soccer FC Academy and it is very clear to see they all have all been part of a thorough development programme. The philosophy Ian espouses mirrors all that we do here at Wolves and this is an ideal opportunity for both parties to further strengthen the relationship in place.”