I’m sure a number of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ fans are well aware of our sister-club arrangement with small Spanish side Futbol Club Jumilla.
Announced last August, it had been in the pipeline for a while given the ties that exist between both clubs at a number of levels and we do have nine players out with them for experience this season.
The Birmingham Mail carried an exclusive with Chinese owner Steven Lee this week and the piece makes a very good read and details the ties that some fans might not be aware of – there isn’t an ownership link with Fosun, but our owners are close friends with Lee, and on a playing side, their manager/coach is Leonel Pontes who helped teach Cristiano Ronaldo, Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho during his time with Sporting’s Academy.
The piece that alerted me to this interview was actually critical of our ties with the club, making the assumption that short-term potential loss for our current loanees served no purpose other than benefiting Jumilla when their development could be better suited by going out to League One or League Two opposition as opposed to the Spanish Segunda B level.
I couldn’t disagree more for a variety of reasons.