Aston Villa snatch academy manager at West Brom

17 June 2019

Aston Villa academy
Photo: PR: Aston Villa Mark Harrison has been appointed as Aston Villa’s new academy manager.

Mark Harrison has been appointed as Aston Villa’s new academy manager.

Harrison had been academy director at local rivals West Brom for 13 years.  

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen cfj@offthepitch.com

Aston Villa have announced Mark Harrison as the club’s new academy manager. The Villains’ CEO, Christian Purslow, lured Harrison away from their local rivals, West Bromwich Albion, where he had been in charge of the academy for the past 13 years. 

"Aston Villa is a football club steeped in a rich tradition of producing its own players," Purslow said in a statement on the club’s website.  

"Mark’s appointment is another cornerstone of the process and journey that we set out upon last summer."

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