Aston Villa Football Club have announced the appointment of Eniola Aluko as the club’s first-ever Sporting Director for Women’s Football.
Aluko recently announced her retirement from playing following a career that saw her represent the likes of Birmingham City, Chelsea and Juventus as well as clubs in the United States.
Aston Villa CEO, Christian Purslow, said: “Eniola enjoyed a fabulous playing career and took her first steps in the game in this city, the city where she grew up.
“She is an inspiration and inspiring role model to young girls and women in Birmingham and will help Aston Villa to be an exemplar of women’s and girl’s football in the region.”
Aluko 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 about this next step.”
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She was also capped 102 times by England and represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.
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