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.
Aston Villa is delighted to announce the appointment of Johan Lange as the Club’s new Sporting Director.#AVFC
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 30, 2020
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.
Should Do Well
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.
We need our new Laursen
— Dustfuch (@Dustfuch1) July 30, 2020
Looks like a btec Martin Laursen
Hopefully he signs another Martin Laursen though
— greg (@gregppattinson) July 30, 2020
Hard work, structur, calm, cool, Big Network, very professionel and Big Club mentality
— Kasper Larsen (@kasperlarsen11) July 30, 2020
This is really left field but for some reason I like it for that reason – await to see what happens over the summer now. UTV
— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) July 30, 2020
ITK accounts that saw this coming = 0️⃣
— Jason Freeman (@Jasoncfreeman) July 30, 2020
I am happy to turn a profit on players as long as we keep our best assets
— Chris Walton (@chriswalton80) July 30, 2020
Google search must hate Aston Villa in the last few years.. the amount of hits they get soon as we sign someone must go nuts
— Dan Moore (@striker2fall) July 30, 2020
Sounds a good appointment, but even more impressed with the owners comments. The future’s bright. #avfc
— Paul Waterfield (@pablooplywiss) July 30, 2020
Great that we acted quickly 🇩🇰
— Prof. Van Nostrand (@jonesy73) July 30, 2020