Eni Aluko has been appointed football director for Aston Villa’s women’s team, only days after retiring as a player.
Announcing her move on Twitter, Aluko said: “I am delighted to announce my new role as sporting director of @AVWFCOfficial. The club’s commitment, investment & ambition towards building a leading womens program of excellence is exciting and I am proud of this opportunity to lead within the historic Villa family.”
The former England striker left Juventus in November and announced last week that she had played her last game as a professional player. “I very much feel like I’m ending on a high, with a sense that there’s not much more I can do in the game,” she told the Guardian. “There is nothing that could motivate me to keep playing for another two or three years aside from a love of the game, which is something I can express through other avenues.”
She is considered one of England’s greatest women players, winning 102 international caps, playing at three World Cups and two European Championships, as well as representing Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.
Villa are currently top of the Championship and unbeaten after 12 games.