The Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece has confirmed that Aston Villa have appointed Aaron Danks as a new first-team coach.
What’s the story?
Writing on Twitter, he said: “Aston Villa appoint Aaron Danks as first-team coach, leaving his role as Vincent Kompany’s assistant at Anderlecht after just 3 months. Danks was previously at West Brom while he helped England win the U20 World Cup in 2017 where he held the role of offensive coach. #AVFC”
Then, in a Q&A for The Birmingham Mail, he added: “Danks is an attack-minded coach who’ll be great with the likes of Philogene-Bidace, Chukwuemeka and Villa’s more senior first-team squad members.
“Danks final piece of his jigsaw, as it were.”
Exciting news for Villa
While Danks may not be a household name for Villa fans to have perhaps really known about prior to his appointment, his resume does speak of someone who should be a really exciting addition to the backroom staff at Villa Park.
Not only did he play a significant part in England’s U20 World Cup victory back in 2017, but he also “previously spent five years at The FA with England across a number of age groups as Lead Offensive Specialist Coach”.
Clearly, Danks is someone who revels in coaching the attacking side of the game, and what should really get Villa fans excited is the kind of work he could do with the likes of Carney Chukwuemeka and Jaden Philogene-Bidace, like Preece says.
Villa have got a really talented academy group that cemented their legacy with their victory in the FA Youth Cup earlier this year, and have a number of up-and-comers who should be ready to make their mark on the first-team over the years to come.
Danks could play a key role in getting the best out of those youngsters, including those who are currently on loan for this season but will return next summer after a season of competitive football, like Louie Barry at Ipswich.
Villa fans will surely be excited and delighted at the news that Danks has arrived, and as Preece says, is being considered by Smith as the “final piece of his jigsaw”.