With confirmation coming in over the weekend that former midfielder and Australian international Mile Jedinak had officially joined our coaching staff and was now working with Under 18 head, George Boateng, fans were naturally delighted to see the Beard back with us.
Following the expiry of his contract with us, he had remained at Bodymoor Heath to keep himself fit and had begun chipping in with our youngsters, whilst he was presumably working through his coaching badges and his experience and professionalism should certainly pay off as we look to develop our next generation of stars.
Would You Have Him Back In The First Team?
Love Him, But No
Speaking about the appointment this week, former right back Alan Hutton had strong words of praise for his former colleague, admitting that it was always an obvious move for him, and that he knows that further down the line, Jedinak would like to be a manager in his own right after their chats.
“It’s brilliant. He’s that guy you know is going to be a coach, I just knew from the minute I met him. He had that presence around him, he’s been a captain his whole career, he wanted to help people, bring people on. He’s just that kind of fatherly figure. I always knew he’d go into that side of it. I was lucky enough to have a couple of conversations with him when I was in and out of the training ground and he was obviously working closely with the kids – working on finishing off his badges. I had an idea he would go into Villa – also I know he wants to become a manager so this is a great way into doing that. He’ll keep the boys on the toes, there will be no slacking around him. I think it’s a great appointment for him and Villa as a club.”
It still definitely feels like a no brainer and you don’t have to search far to see plenty of Crystal Palace fans thinking they’ve missed a trick by not getting him back at Selhurst in a similar role, so hopefully, we’ll get to follow his coaching career now until he gets his first gig.