Wolves must learn from past mistakes with stadium plans

A general view of Molineux before the Capital One Cup First Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newport County at Molineux on August 11, 2015 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' iconic Molineux Stadium is set for another expansion.

A general view of Molineux before the Capital One Cup First Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newport County at Molineux on August 11, 2015 in Wolverhampton, England.

As Wolverhampton Wanderers prepare for a potential promotion to the Premier League, there are plans going on behind the scenes which have many fans feeling both excited and nervous in equal measure.

It is no secret that Wolves have been planning to extend the capacity of Molineux for years now, and as reported by Express & Star, it seems as if chairman Jeff Shi is intent on moving forward with the plans which were initially put in place by Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey.

Wolves chairman Jeff Shi takes his seat ahead of the English League Cup fourth round football match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester,...

The first stage of the development was completed during the club’s last run in the Premier League, but unsurprisingly, things hit a bit of a wall upon their relegation back down into the Championship.

With Shi wanting to push ahead with expanding the capacity to 50,000, certain lessons need to be learned from the club’s current situation. It is no secret that they have got money to throw around at this moment in time, but the priority should be and always needs to be the product on the pitch.

A general view of Molineux Stadium before the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesborough at Molineux Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Wolverhampton,...

Instead of rushing into this move, Wolves need to take their time and realise that solidifying themselves as a top-flight team over the course of a few years is of more importance. The distraction of making Wolves a bigger club in the grand scheme of English football played a small yet significant role in their downfall, with Morgan and Moxey still being considered controversial figures in the Black Country to this day.

Thankfully Shi seems to have a good head on his shoulders, and he understands that there is a long way to go given how the last few years have panned out – but it is still important that they do not get too far ahead of themselves.

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