Villa appoint Eniola Aluko as women football sporting director

Eniola Aluko has been appointed as Aston Villa’s first sporting director for women’s football. The development comes a week after the former England striker retired as a player.

In her playing days, the 32-year-old enjoyed spells a Charlton, Chelsea, and Juventus after starting her professional career at hometown side Birmingham. She also garnered 102 caps for England and represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.

In a chat with the club’s website, 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.

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“I’ve always been passionate about the women’s game, its development and setting cultures that drive excellence.

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“For Aston Villa Women, it’s about setting our objectives high and establishing ourselves as the best club in the midlands.”

Meanwhile, Aston Villa are currently topping the Championship and are favorites for a place in the Women’s Super League. Chief executive 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.”

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