By Amir Mir
Aston Villa’s new technical director Steve Round has stated the most crucial aspect of his job is to get the club back into the Premier League.
The 45-year-old was confirmed as the Championship sides new technical director on Thursday morning by owner Tony Xia on his personal Twitter account.
Round, who was assistant to David Moyes at Everton and Manchester United identified the areas which he will try to improve at the club, as he reiterated his task of helping Roberto Di Matteo as manager.
“That is a fundamental part of it there’s no question [on Scouting & recruitment],” said Round as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “It’s setting up a recruitment department, moving forward that’s innovative, creative and having new ways of thinking.”
“Talent identification bringing in the best possible talent that we can bring into Aston Villa to help the manager win on Saturday’s that is crucial.
“But then there are many other facets to it, there’s coach education, there’s development of the academy, building a culture, there’s making sure the injury protocol’s, sport science and medical teams are running in effective and appropriate manner.
“It’s bringing everyone together and leading a team behind the manager. At the end of the day you’re there to help and support the manager get the team to win on Saturday’s and get Villa back into the Premier League. That’s the crucial aspect.”
Paddy Riley was the current head of recruitment, but he was heavily criticised for his involvement in the club’s woeful summer signings for the 2015-16 Premier League season which led to their relegation.
Chinese Tycoon Xia purchased the club from the much-criticised Randy Lerner in June for £75 million, with the out-spoken owner giving Di Matteo the task of guiding the club back to the Premier League.
Xia has heavily backed the Italian in the summer transfer window with £55 million spent on nine players, with strikers Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia signing for a combined fee of £27 million.
In other Aston Villa news, Stan Collymore has voiced his concern at the club’s squad after the Christmas period.