Steve Marshall's Wolves Norway Tour Diary

Express and Star, 21st July 2004

Wolves' tour of Norway has been organised by former Walsall director of football Paul Taylor.

Since leaving Bescot Stadium in 2002, Taylor has formed his own football consultancy business, with organising tours just one of its branches.

During his time in football, first as a player, then manager and finally director of football, Taylor has built up contacts all around the world and has used them to get his Lichfield-based business, Pro Soccer Consulting Ltd, up and running.

His Norwegian contact, Knut Kristiansen, has also played a key role in making sure the tour has run smoothly.

Kristiansen, a former chairman of Brann Bergen and a long time contact of Wolves boss Dave Jones, has done a lot of the spadework while the clubs have been in the country, organising the travel arrangements, training facilities and hotels.

The Wolves tour is the first for Taylor's new business, but many more are just around the corner. He has also organised Everton's forthcoming visit to Houston, which leaves tomorrow, Real Zaragoza's tour to England, which takes in games against Bolton and Watford, and Boavista's participation in Albion's 125th anniversary game on July 7.

And if the other tours are as successful as Wolves' trip then Taylor's firm, which he runs alongside his son Mark, is sure to go from strength to strength.