Following on from the speculation that suggested we had made our move and had raided West Bromwich Albion for Academy Manager Mark Harrison, earlier today the club confirmed that he would now take up his new role at Bodymoor Heath.
With the club making plenty of strides forward and making plenty of changes at Under 23 and Academy levels, Harrison now comes in as the head honcho and he’s played his own key role in helping the development of plenty of youngsters at West Brom with the likes of Kemar Roofe and Izzy Brown coming through the system in previous years.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Harrison as the club's Academy manager.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) June 14, 2019
With Villa looking to improve the pathway through for our youngsters now and improving their chances of having a first team impact in future years, this is a welcome step and his experience will certainly be an asset to us, with us already having a pretty decent record when it comes to youngsters coming through in fairness.
Speaking to the Official Site CEO Christian Purslow said of the capture.
“Aston Villa is a football club steeped in a rich tradition of producing its own players. Mark’s appointment is another cornerstone of the process and journey that we set out upon last summer. As a football club, we want a clear pathway right through the academy to the first-team with outstanding recruitment and development. I have every confidence that Mark, working closely with Dean Smith and Jesus Garcia Pitarch, will build an excellent academy that will be able to nurture the next generation of stars to entertain the crowds at Villa Park.”
Welcome to the club Mark!