Aston Villa appoint Johan Lange replacement as Tottenham move confirmed


Johan Lange Sporting Director of Aston Villa pictured during an Aston Villa Press Conference at Villa Park on November 04, 2022 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa have confirmed the departure of director of global development Johan Lange to Tottenham Hotspur.

The club have confirmed that the youth development and international academies will come under the leadership of Monchi, who is president of football operations. Lange has completed a move to Tottenham, where he becomes technical director.

Matthew Kidson will take over from Lange as the club director of global development. Kidson was formerly the director of sport for the successful 2022 Commonwealth Games, which took place in Birmingham.

In a statement, Villa also confirmed that Mark Harrison will continue in his current role in the UK operations, and will report directly to Monchi. The statement added: “This is a new and exciting chapter for the Club as it looks to successfully unearth, nurture and develop young talent both in the UK and overseas.”

Lange has been with Villa since 2020, firstly joining as sporting director, before being given the role of global director of football development and international academies over the last year. He has also formerly worked at FC Copenhagen as development director and technical director as well as assistant coach.

Confirming the appointment, Tottenham chief football officer Scott Munn said: “Johan has demonstrated an excellent track record of scouting and signing many talented and successful youth and senior players. He is a welcome addition as we strengthen our football operations.”

Tottenham currently sit top of the Premier League table after a positive start under new manager Ange Postecoglou. Villa, meanwhile, sit in fifth place in the league, having won five of their opening eight games of the campaign.

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