Date: 30th July 2020 at 4:00pm
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Following the news earlier in the week of Jesus Garcia Pitarch’s departure from the club, earlier today we announced our new Sporting Director – and it comes in the shape of former FC Copenhagen Technical Director, Johan Lange.

Lange will report directly to our Board (as you’d expect) following his appointment and he comes in after six years with the Danish club.

Speaking to the Official Site, it certainly didn’t sound like Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens’ passion had subsided after the incredibly difficult year we’ve just had.

Vital Villa’s Johan Lange Forum Thread

“We’re pleased to welcome Johan to Aston Villa as we continue building a world-class organisation. This past season we were able to navigate a very difficult transition into the Premier League and are happy with the effort to stay up. But we will not be satisfied until we achieve our goal of bringing sustainable success to Aston Villa at the top tier of European football. We are incredibly optimistic about the future of Aston Villa and remain committed to further invest in the Club’s success.”

One benefit Lange will have coming into B6 is he already roughly knows the area (and the size of the club) as he spent a brief spell at Molineux with Wolverhampton Wanderers as assistant manager under the ill-fated Stale Solbakken experiment back in 2012/13.

Lange's Appointment...

Should Do Well

Should Do Well

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Never Heard Of Him

He did well following his transition to Technical Director at Copenhagen and they have enjoyed some good success, and it does appear he’s someone who spots a gem to be later sold for decent profit.

Reaction to his arrival has been mixed, but the owners clearly had a plan here and have acted quickly, so that in itself is a positive I would think.

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