Aston Villa senior man eyed up by PL giants - report
By Danny Wright
Aston Villa technical director Steve Round is being eyed up by Arsenal as they look for a new sporting director, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Premier League giants are looking for someone to replace chief scout Steve Rowley, who is set to leave the Gunners after 35 years of service, as well as transfer negotiator Dick Law.
Round, 47, has been part of Aston Villa’s senior set up for just over a year, having joined the West Midlands club last September following his sacking at Manchester United.
The former Derby player was the long-time assistant to David Moyes at both Everton and Man United but has also had a coaching spell with England back when Steve McClaren was in charge of the national side.
It is understood that his extensive knowledge of English football is what makes Arsenal want to consider bringing him in, after doing what is seen as a good job at Villa Park where he has helped steady the ship following the West Midlands club’s relegation.
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Villa have shown signs of making huge improvements in the early few months of this season and it could certainly be the year that they secure promotion back to the Premier League. Round has no doubt been a big part of that but there would have surely been questions asked about him after a lot of the signings from last season failed to make any sort of good impact. Steve Bruce’s and Round’s first transfer window in January saw a mixed bag of results, with Scott Hogan so far looking like a bit of a waste of money. But with the massively increased resources in the Arsenal set-up, a man like Round could flourish.
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