Sources: Aston Villa turn attention to landmark hire who has Emery seal of approval

Aston Villa sporting director Johan Lange fears the club’s hierarchy are actively working to replace him, sources have told Football Insider.

The 43-year-old has been under growing threat for his job since Unai Emery was appointed as manager and given the authority to chart a new direction for the club’s transfer business.

Football Insider revealed in December that Lange faced threat of the sack as Villa owners Naseef Sawiris and Wes Edens looked improve the club’s recruitment following so many dud signings during their reign.

It is believed that Emery took a very hands-on approach in the January window and the club have looking to make a new recruitment appointment with close ties to the manager.

Spanish outlet Marca reported at the end of last month that Barcelona director of football Mateu Alemany has rejected an offer from Villa that would have doubled his salary.

Villa are expected to turn to other targets who Emery believes can improve the club’s transfer operation.

Emery primarily used his own network and contacts for the completed deals in January – as well as other moves which fell through.

Aston Villa added young striker Jhon Duran and experienced left-back Alex Moreno to the squad in the recently-shut window.

Lange signing Danny Ings was allowed to join West Ham, while Frederic Guilbert joined Strasbourg on a free transfer.

NSWE are concerned with Lange’s transfer record during his two-and-a-half-year spell at Villa Park.

The Dane has presided over the arrivals of stars like Lucas Digne, Leander Dendocker, Leon Bailey, Bertrand Traore, and Morgan Sanson for big fees.

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However, established first-team stars Matty Cash and Emiliano Buendia have also arrived under Lange’s watch.

Aston Villa are moving towards a more sustainable model following more than £450million of transfer spending over the last four seasons.


By: Wayne Veysey
Title: Sources: Aston Villa turn attention to landmark hire who has Emery seal of approval
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Published Date: Mon, 06 Mar 2023 06:50:00 +0000