Former Aston Villa sporting director Hendrik Almstadt finds new job two months after leaving

Golf ball

The German will be the new player relations director for golf's European Tour.

Plenty of people on the pitch and in the boardroom have been handed the blame for Aston Villa’s poor season this campaign.

One of those blamed was Hendrik Almstadt.

It was in July last year that the German joined Aston Villa from Arsenal to become the club’s first ever Sporting Director.

Almstadt had worked with then Villa chief executive Tom Fox at Arsenal and was set to play a big role in player recruitment.

Now, less than a year later, both Almstadt and Fox are gone.

Almstadt left by mutual consent in March after an internal review to the club’s terrible season. He was blamed by many fans as plenty of the players recruited by the club in the summer flopped at Villa Park.

Now the German has a new job.

Just two months after leaving Aston Villa it was confirmed yesterday that Almstadt has now moved sports – to golf!

The European Tour confirmed yesterday that Almstadt has been appointed the director of player relations yesterday.

Almstadt stated:

“I am excited to join The European Tour and Keith Pelley’s management team at such a crucial stage of the Tour’s development.

“I’m passionate about developing sporting organisations, creating frameworks for high performance and working with individual athletes.

“This role is all about the players and I believe that much of my experience in football and business will be valuable for this post. I can’t wait to get started.”

He will begin work at Wentworth next week as he looks to put his forgettable stint at Aston Villa behind him.

Hopefully he will enjoy more luck in this new sphere.

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