By Dominic Toner
Aston Villa are still searching for a new technical director to complete their new recruitment set-up, according to a report.
The club are making considerable changes both on and off the pitch as they prepare for life in the Championship next season.
Birmingham Mail report that they are still want to appoint a technical director following on from the recent announcement of a new head of performance analysis and technical recruitment.
The well-regarded recruit Andrew Stone has joined Villa from Southampton and will be linking up with new boss Roberto Di Matteo, who he knows from when the pair were both at MK Dons.
Owner Tony Xia has narrowed down his technical director shortlist to just two according to the Mail and they will be replacing Paddy Riley the director of recruitment and scouting, who seems likely to be exiting the club.
The changes have already begun to take shape in this transfer window already, with former Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick signing for £3million to provide the side with some Championship know-how.
Following last season’s disappointing relegation, it will be the first time the club have been outside of the Premier League since its creation in 1992.
Despite the major overhaul expected at Villa this summer Sky Bet still have them installed as third-favourites to seal promotion back to the Premier League, behind fellow relegated clubs Newcastle (8/11) and Norwich (9/4).
In other Aston Villa news, they have settled terms on a £4million deal with the move expected to be finalised in the next 24 hours.