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Monchi becomes Aston Villa’s director of football operation

Aston Villa has announced the appointment of Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, known as Monchi, as their new president of football operations.

The 54-year-old Spaniard joins the club from Sevilla, where he previously served as the director of football. Monchi’s tenure at Sevilla, following his career as a goalkeeper for the team, saw remarkable success with seven UEFA Cup/Europa League victories.

These triumphs spanned from the 2005-06 season to the most recent accomplishment in the previous season. Notably, three of these victories occurred under the management of Unai Emery, who currently serves as the boss at Aston Villa.

Monchi says goodbye to Sevilla

Monchi, who left Sevilla in 2017 and became sporting director at Roma before returning to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium two years later, said on Villa’s official website: “I am very excited to join Aston Villa, a great project which is striving for excellence from the Under-9s to the top level, and I completely share the vision of Mr Sawiris and Mr Edens (owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens).

“I am also delighted and can’t wait to work with Unai Emery again, one of the best managers in football.

“After enjoying so many years with Sevilla and winning several European trophies with my life-long club, I look forward to building on the recent successes at Aston Villa and ensuring this colossal club continues to grow and improve.”

Villa chairman Sawiris said: “We are delighted to have Monchi joining us in this new position that consolidates all football responsibilities at the group.

“Alongside Unai and his staff, Monchi’s arrival will add to the world class team we are assembling both on and off the pitch. He is, like Unai Emery, a serial winner.

“With the appointment of Chris Heck on the business side, this new structure will ensure that the club is firing on all cylinders on the commercial side in addition to the football side to ensure that the club’s model is sustainable and positioned well to meet our growing ambitions.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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