Former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nigeria midfielder Seyi Olofinjana has been named as technical director at Switzerland’s most successful club Grasshopper Zurich as he aims to help “steer the club in the right direction”.
The 40-year-old will oversee the football department at the newly-promoted Super League outfit and will be in charge of finding someone to fit the ‘position of the head coach’.
The former Stoke City, Hull City and Cardiff City player was snapped up from English Premier League club Wolves, where he was most recently the Loan Manager and had previously worked in various roles.
“This an important role and I look forward to working together with the amazing people at Grasshopper to hopefully steer this massive club in the right direction,” Olofinjana told BBC Sport Africa.
“A club as decorated and influential as Grasshopper deserves stability and we need to find the right ways of restoring its lost football glory.”
Olofinjana, who holds two Master’s degrees as a sports director and project manager, has opted to take up the technical director role at a club keen to bounce back from the humiliating lows of 2019 when it suffered relegation from the Swiss top flight for the first time in 68 years.
After two years in the Swiss Challenge League (second tier), the Hoppers sealed promotion last week and the former Nigeria Super Eagle insists they are back where they truly belong.
“The history of the club and incredible fanbase clearly reflects a side that deserves better,” the Nigerian added.
“It is our collective job to set this team in the right direction and among the elite clubs competing for success.”
Olofinjana started his career at Crown FC of Ogbomoso in his native Nigeria, before a stint in the country’s top-flight with Kwara United. He then moved in the summer of 2004 after being picked up by Wolves via Norwegian club Brann Bergen.
He spent four years at Wolves before moving to Stoke City in July 2008 and after a season, he joined rivals Hull City for £3m in August 2009.
Stints at Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday in England followed before ending his European career where it all began in Norway with IK Start.
Olofinjana made over 50 appearances for Nigeria and represented the Super Eagles in three Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2004, 2008 and 2010. In 2010, he was instrumental in helping Nigeria finish 3rd in the tournament.