What Aston Villa saw in newly appointed sporting director Johan Lange - football

What Aston Villa saw in newly appointed sporting director Johan Lange



Copenhagen?s strategy is clear. Identifying, developing and making profitable margins on young talent on the face of things may seem very ordinary, but the Danish template is one envied by most across Europe.
The Parken Stadium, home to 13 time Danish Superliga champions FC Copenhagen, faces the Øresund water that separates Denmark from Sweden, but the club haven’t settled for home comforts in pursuit for a unique global football strategy, formerly headed by Johan Lange.
Transfer market guru and proclaimed savvy recruiter, Lange has been headhunted by Aston Villa?s ambitious ownership group to fast-track the club?s football operations after securing Premier League survival ? the second step in NSWE’s blueprint to reinstall Villa?s status among the European elite. 40-year-old Lange replaced Jesus Garcia Pitarch, who left Villa on Monday, a day after the club ended their first season back in the top-flight at the London Stadium.
His arrival signifies the start of a recruitment rebuild and academy overhaul.
Villa?s chiefs conducted an end-of-season review of their transfer policy after spending more than £140m on players last summer, and the overdue clear out will go some way in ending years of poor transfer window recruitment.
Whilst Lange?s sporting director qualities are much of an unknown quantity on these shores, there?s enough exciting promise from his days in Scandinavia to offer reason as to why Villa chose the former Copenhagen and Wolves assistant to lead...
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