George Boateng has been appointed as the new head coach of Aston Villa’s U-23 team ahead of the new season.
The former midfielder, who represented the Netherlands at the international level, played for Aston Villa between 1999 and 2002 and now has been promoted to manage the U-23 team of Villa.
Boateng was previously with Blackburn Rovers where he was the youth team coach for the age group ranging from U-13 to U-16.
The 45-year-old first joined Aston Villa in 2019 as U-18 head coach, replacing David Hughes who had departed to Southampton.
After a year spent with the club’s Under-18s, Boateng will work alongside Mark Delaney as Professional Development Coach.
Ahead of the start of the Young Lions’ Premier League 2 season on Monday, Villa TV caught up with the former Middlesbrough midfielder to discuss his new position.
“The role is fantastic,” he said.
“For me, I’m now making a step-up to working with players who are close to the first team, closer than the Under-18s.”
“We are at the top end of the Academy, where players have to make the transition from being a youth player to a senior player. I want to help get them a career in the game.”
Boateng believes this gives the pair an advantage when it comes to producing players who can make an impact on the first team.
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