Aston Villa are looking at uniting a boardroom of familiar faces.
The report claims that chairman Steve Hollis is keen on appointing familiar faces in boardroom positions in order to unite the club’s supporters and Townsend is on his wish-list.
The former Villa midfielder is currently working as a TV pundit but still has close affiliations with the club, a factor which could aid the process of getting him on board.
Villa are currently at the bottom of the Premier League table and after amassing just 16 points thus far, many pundits and observers alike are already comparing them with the worst-ever top-flight sides.
Only five years ago the club were challenging for Europe under Martin O’Neill, therefore their decline has been evident for some time and endless mistakes see them now on the verge of relegation.
With owner Randy Lerner seemingly staying out of the picture, Hollis has taken on the challenge of rebuilding the club and high-profile names with deep Villa history are being identified to help put things right.
Brian Little has already joined in an advisory role, and adding Townsend could be another piece of the jigsaw.
His proposed role of director of football will be to oversee the playing squad while also making key decisions in regards to selecting a new manager for the upcoming Championship campaign.
The report goes on to say that the former Republic of Ireland international is excited about the prospect of joining the Midlands club, though there is work to be done before a decision can be reached.