Former Nigerian-British footballer, Eniola Aluko, has become Aston Villa’s first-ever Women’s Sporting Director.

The 32-year-old who has capped 102 caps for England over the course of her career, had recently announced her retirement from playing after leaving Juventus Women. 

Speaking on her new appointment, the former Chelsea and Juventus player thanked those who helped her get 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.” She said.

“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.

Emilia also wrote on twitter, “A special thanks to Christian Purslow, corporate affairs director Paul Tyrell and assistant coach, the legend John Terry.