Latest: Nigerian-British footballer appointed Aston Villa’s Sporting Director
Aston Villa Football Club has announced the appointment of former England Women striker, Eniola Aluko as the club’s first-ever female Sporting Director for Women’s Football.
The former Nigerian-British footballer announced her retirement from playing following a career that saw her play for clubs likes Birmingham City, Chelsea and Juventus as well as clubs in the United States.
The 32-year-old sportswoman earned 102 caps for England over the course of her career.
Speaking on her new role after being made Villa Women’s first-ever sporting director, Aluko thanked a number of people who helped her land the job, including Aston Villa assistant coach, John Terry.
She said: ‘I’m very excited to transition into a sporting director role. I feel it’s something that I’m ready for at this point in my career. I’ve always been passionate about the women’s game, its development and setting cultures that drive excellence.
‘I’ll be helping to create a successful club in Aston Villa Women, and obviously I’m back home in Birmingham where it all started for me. I’m excited for this next step.’
Shealso wrote on Twitter: ‘A special thanks to Christian Purslow, corporate affairs director Paul Tyrell and assistant coach, the legend John Terry.’