Alan Hutton has hailed the “brilliant” Aston Villa hire of Mile Jedinak and revealed his former teammate has aspirations to become a manager.
The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, lifted the lid on conversations he held with the ex-Australia international during his visits to the Bodymoor Heath training ground.
In a Q&A with supporters, as relayed by the Birmingham Mail, promising defender Paul Appiah revealed that Jedinak was now a coach in the Villans’ youth setup, working alongside under-18s head coach George Boateng.
Hutton admits he had no doubts that the 35-year-old would step into a coaching role when he hung up his boots and has revealed where his old teammate plans to go from here.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s brilliant. He’s that guy you know is going to be a coach, I just knew from the minute I met him.
“He had that presence around him, he’s been a captain his whole career, he wanted to help people, bring people on. He’s just that kind of fatherly figure.
“I always knew he’d go into that side of it. I was lucky enough to have a couple of conversations with him when I was in and out of the training ground and he was obviously working closely with the kids – working on finishing off his badges.
“I had an idea he would go into Villa – also I know he wants to become a manager so this is a great way into doing that. He’ll keep the boys on the toes, there will be no slacking around him. I think it’s a great appointment for him and Villa as a club.”
Jedinak played 80 times across all competitions for the Villans, leaving the club at the end of last season.
He has a total of 147 Championship and 90 Premier League games of experience under his belt.
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