New England boss Roy Hodgson has backed Stale Solbakken to bring success to Wolves.
Solbakken played under Hodgson and was his captain when in charge of FC Copenhagen more than a decade ago.
Now the 44-year-old former Norwegian international has been appointed as new Wolves manager in succession to Mick McCarthy.
Hodgson told the Wolverhampton Express and Star: “I’m delighted because Stale is a good friend but also because I think it is an excellent appointment.
“I think it is a good, exciting move by Wolves. It’s not an appointment many would have expected from a part of Europe from which English clubs do not usually recruit.
“But I can tell Wolves fans they have hired a superb coach. Stale is a bright, young and impressive coach with good ideas and I am confident he will do well.”
Hodgson was also Copenhagen manager when Solbakken suffered a cardiac arrest in 2001 on the training ground which ended his career.
He said: “When something like that happens, it naturally brings you closer together and since then Stale and I have been good friends.
“But he was terrific captain for me, a fine footballer, and my assistant in that season at Copenhagen. I left after that and Stale took over and went on to have the most amazing success. Five championships in six years – that was a wonderful effort.
“He is a fine coach in my view with good ideas. I congratulate Wolves on an impressive appointment.”