Former England international, Eniola Aluko, has been named the sporting director of Aston Villa W.F.C.
The Nigerian-born 32-year-old, who played 102 games for England over the course of her career, had recently announced her retirement from playing after leaving Juventus Women.
Following her retirement from the game, the former Chelsea forward has been made the first-ever female sporting director of Villa’s women’s team.
Aluko thanked a number of people who helped her land the job, including Aston Villa assistant coach, John Terry.
“I’m very excited to transition into a sporting director role. I feel it’s something that I’m ready for at this point in my career. I’ve always been passionate about the women’s game, its development and setting cultures that drive excellence.
“I’ll be helping to create a successful club in Aston Villa Women, and obviously I’m back home in Birmingham where it all started for me. I’m excited for this next step.’
She also wrote on her Twitter page: “A special thanks to Christian Purslow, corporate affairs director Paul Tyrell and assistant coach, the legend John Terry.”