By Amir Mir

Paddy Riley has been spotted scouting for Aston Villa in a League Cup fixture between Wolves and Crawley Town, according to a report.

The Birmingham Mail have stated that the club’s head of recruitment was spotted at Molineux on Tuesday evening.

Riley has been heavily criticised for his part in the club’s failed recruitment of last summer when the Midlands club spent up to £55 million on transfers and most backfired.

It is said Riley is working with manager Roberto Di Matteo as he checks out new and potential transfer targets before the club appoint a technical director charged with running the recruitment operation.

Riley will then be expected to leave the club, or take a back seat role with the Championship side.

Owner Tony Xia was critical of Riley when he completed his reported £75million takeover for the Championship club.

“Honestly, everyone should agree with me, that he didn’t do too well,” said Xia as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “So people should understand what he has to do, what responsibility he has to take.”

Xia recently confirmed that the club are in line to add a new experienced technical director at the club, but no appointment has been made so far.

Aston Villa supporters will not take too kindly to Riley still being in a job, after relegation last season resulted in a number of job cuts for those working for the club.

Previous managers Tim Sherwood, and Remi Garde paid for their performances, as did former Chief Executive Tom Fox.

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