Ghanaian-born former Netherlands international, George Boateng, has been named the head coach of the U-23s of English Premier League side, Aston Villa.
The Birmingham-based side promoted the 45-year-old from their U-18s team to the U-23s. He is a former player of the club and would be familiar with routines at the club.
Boateng’s appointment was confirmed on Sunday through the club’s official Twitter handle.
Speaking to Villa TV ahead of his first game today, Boateng expressed his delight in getting the promotion, saying he wants to help the youngsters get a career in the game.
“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 transition from being a youth player to a senior player. I want to help get them a career in the game.”
The former defensive midfield started his managerial career with Malaysian outfit, Kelantan FA in 2014.
On 5 September 2018, Boateng was signed as Under 13’s head coach at Championship club, Blackburn Rovers. Where he coached different age groups at the Academy. He left there after some months to take up the U-18s job at Villa.