Stan Collymore criticises Aston Villa’s appointment of Hendrik Almstadt, claims he has more football knowledge

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Stan Collymore has suggested he knows more than Aston Villa’s director of football.

Collymore has ripped into Aston Villa’s management team in recent weeks, and he has told talkSPORT that he knows more than their director of football Hendrik Almstadt, questioning why the club appointed him in the first place.

Collymore said: “I found out two weeks ago that the director of football who has come into Aston Villa was a marketing man. I have lost more footballing knowledge than the current director of football at Aston Villa [knows]. So why he is in a job?”

Almstadt was central to Villa’s recruitment over the summer, and it is no surprise that he has come under some criticism given the lack of success all of the signings have had this season.

Players brought from abroad have yet to settle, whilst signings from the English leagues look to be struggling for form as well, and Tim Sherwood’s team have picked up just one victory this season.

Considering Almstadt was so central to overseeing the scouting and recruiting of players, one would expect that he is an unending source of football knowledge, but Collymore has questioned his appointment as his career has actually been in marketing.

He was hired from Arsenal over the summer where he oversaw some footballing matters, but he has never really dealt with the signing of players, and so what right does he have to be controlling all of Villa’s transfer business.

Collymore has even suggested he would be better in the role of director of football than Almstadt, saying that he has forgotten more about football than the current employer will ever know.

It is unlikely that Villa would ever look towards Collymore to take the role of director of football, but they should certainly be listening to him and hiring a candidate for the role who has a history of working in the recruitment side of football.

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