South Korea’s Hwang Hee-Chan, who scored four goals for Wolves last season, won’t be playing in his home country as planned.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have decided to cancel their pre-season tour in South Korea, which was set to include Celtic and Roma, due to a series of setbacks. The club cited prolonged delays from the promoters and the absence of ticket sales for the matches as the key reasons behind their withdrawal.
Originally scheduled to depart on July 21, Wolves are now actively seeking an alternative “European solution” for their preparations ahead of the 2023-24 season.
The cancellation of the tour comes as a disappointment to Wolves forward Hwang Hee-Chan, who is an international player for South Korea. Hwang had expressed that the tour to his home country meant everything to him.
“We have been in constant communication with the tour promoters for the past two months while they were searching for new investors following the withdrawal of the original tour investor,” explained Russell Jones, Wolves’ general manager for marketing and commercial growth.
“Regrettably, despite numerous promises, the promoters have failed to deliver. We have thoroughly explored all possibilities to avoid disappointing our fans, including engaging in conversations with other local promoters.”
Jones acknowledged the commercial setback resulting from this decision but emphasized the primary importance of pre-season preparations for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
“While this is undoubtedly a significant blow to the club from a commercial perspective, I am fully aware of the paramount reason for pre-season, which is to ensure optimal readiness for another crucial Premier League season,” stated Jones.
“In light of this, we must swiftly move forward from this disappointment, adapt accordingly, and find an alternative European arrangement to guarantee the best possible preparation.”
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about pre-season tour
Why did Wolverhampton Wanderers cancel their pre-season tour in South Korea?
Wolverhampton Wanderers decided to cancel their pre-season tour in South Korea due to prolonged delays by the promoters and the absence of ticket sales for the matches. Despite efforts to find alternative solutions, the club opted to withdraw from the tour.
Will Wolves be rescheduling the tour?
No, Wolves will not be rescheduling the tour to South Korea. Instead, they are actively seeking an alternative “European solution” for their pre-season preparations ahead of the 2023-24 season.
How does the cancellation affect Wolves forward Hwang Hee-Chan?
Wolves forward Hwang Hee-Chan, who is a South Korea international player, expressed his disappointment as the tour to his home country held significant meaning for him. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to play in South Korea as planned.
What is the main priority for Wolves in pre-season?
The main priority for Wolves in pre-season is to ensure optimal preparations for the upcoming Premier League campaign. While the cancellation of the tour poses a commercial setback, the focus remains on being ready for the crucial season ahead.
Are there any alternatives being considered?
Yes, Wolves are actively exploring alternative options within Europe to ensure they have the best possible preparation for the upcoming season. They are looking for an alternative “European solution” for their pre-season training and matches.