Nigerian descent Eniola Aluko appointed as Aston Villa’s first women Sporting Director in which her appointment takes immediate effect. The 32-year-old, who retired as a player last week after spells at Birmingham City, Chelsea, Saint Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat, Sky Blue FC and Juventus, will oversee the club’s women’s team.Aluko completed UEFA’s Executive Master for International Players and has been preparing for a second career as a director of football with her aim to carry Aston Villa to gain promotion to the Women’s Super League who are currently three points clear top of the Championship.The Lagos-born the club official website she said: “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.”Aston Villa CEO, Christian Purslow, added: “Eniola enjoyed a fabulous playing career and took her first steps in the game in this city, the city where she grew up.“She is an inspiration and inspiring role model to young girls and women in Birmingham and will help Aston Villa to be an exemplar of women’s and girl’s football in the region.”Aluko who England’s joint-most capped international after making 102 appearances Lionesses and scoring 33 goals also help her adopted nations to third place at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, as well as playing five times for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.