Laurie Dalrymple: Fosun's multi-billionaire boss Guo Guangchang is excited by Wolves' potential
Fosun's multi-billionaire boss Guo Guangchang is 'massively excited' at Wolves' potential, new managing Laurie Dalrymple believes.
Dalrymple showed Guangchang and super-agent Jorge Mendes around Molineux and Compton Park before taking in Wolves' game at Rotherham earlier this month.
And the MD said of the Fosun chairman: "He was massively excited and hugely impressed.
"For them (Guangchang and Mendes) the facilities we have here are comparable with some Champions League clubs.
"This is me speculating but I think we may see more of Chairman Guo than we potentially first predicted.
"Bearing in mind he was here within a fortnight of the takeover being confirmed, the speed with which he got here symbolises his intent to have an involvement in the ownership of the club.
"He had a really enjoyable day, utterly bought into the Wolves crest, the club, the culture, the people.
"I just think they're genuinely excited. And the fans should be enthused about what the future holds, I really believe that.
"We may end up seeing more of Jeff Shi (who has now returned to Shanghai) as the club develops in the trajectory that we want it to.
"He's gone back comfortable with the management team he's now got in place. The pace at which we've moved in the past few weeks has been unbelievable.
"Sky Sun is still here and very much active in the transfer period of time, and he's got expertise in that field working closely with Kevin, the scouting team and some of the close contacts that are working with us on a regular basis."
In an extensive interview with the Express & Star, Dalrymple spoke of Fosun's vision for the club – and for big success on and off the field at Molineux.
That may, some way down the line, include finishing the stadium expansion that began with the rebuilding of the North Bank.
Dalrymple said: "That plan is still very much there and in existence.
"I think in two or three seasons, if we're blowing the dust off that it's because these initial objectives have been met.
"Everyone's got the ambition.
"When you walk in, it's a stunning stadium, and the eyes are naturally drawn to the north stand because it sticks out.
"If you envisage that for the remainder of the stadium – those ambitions and objectives have never gone far away.
"They've also bought into the city.
"When they bought the club they looked it in the round, that includes the area, the environment, the community.
"You can see a city and a region that's developing and thriving and they can only help to contribute to that.
Dalrymple will work closely with Kevin Thelwell, who in basic terms will look after the football side of Jez's old job while the managing director heads up the commercial side.
He said of the new hierarchy: "Put simply, that's pretty much it – you've got on-field and off-field.
"They're not as distinctive as that we don't talk or communicate, clearly, the two are entwined.
"Essentially Kevin and Walter (Zenga) and Andrea (Butti) are building and recruiting a high performance team.
"I'm dealing with the pounds and pence and all the departments that drive our fan engagement and really help to grow us as a product and a club.
"What I do will grow and develop as fast as it can depending on what Kevin does. We speak regularly and we are one team.
"Within that I'd include Jeff and Sky Sun and the Fosun team because they're very much involved across all levels."
While Wolves' future looks rosy, Dalrymple was keen to point out the part played by Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey, who laid the foundations for Fosun's takeover.
"I think Jez did an unbelievable job," Dalrymple said.
"We wouldn't have been sold quite so quickly if he hadn't put the club in such a stable position.
"If that in itself is a testament to the job he did, it's remarkable.
"And sold to arguably one of the biggest investors he could have found.
"That's a huge measure of the success of what he's implemented over the past 16 years.
"I was privileged to have worked with him, learned a lot and couldn't have asked for a better mentor.
"And Steve's investment has been pivotal. History will judge his legacy well."