Report: Aston Villa set to appoint former target Steve Round as new technical director

Steve Round - Everton Assistant Manager

Aston Villa are reportedly set to add Steve Round to their setup.

Steve Round - Everton Assistant ManagerSteve Round

According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are set to appoint Steve Round as the club's new technical director – just months after attempting to bring him in as the club's assistant manager.

Villa have been embracing a new era this summer, as Tony Xia is now the club's owner having taken over the club, and he then moved to land manager Roberto Di Matteo as Remi Garde's replacement.

Manchester United manager David Moyes and assistant manager Steve RoundFormer Manchester United manager David Moyes and assistant manager Steve Round

After a first win of the season on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Rotherham United, Villa look to be taking steps in the right direction – and whilst fans want new signings to arrive, a new face could join the staff at Villa Park.

The Birmingham Mail report that Villa are set to appoint Steve Round as their new technical director, having previously attempted to land him as the club's assistant manager.

General view before the game - Villa Park

Round, 45, has had coaching roles with a number of clubs during his career, but is best remembered for assisting David Moyes at both Everton and Manchester United, before heading on to Derby Coutny in 2015.

Now out of work, Round appears to be looking to get back into football, and it's claimed that he has been identified as the man to take Villa forward off the field, and was even in attendance as Villa beat Rotherham on Saturday.

Everton manager David Moyes and assistant manager Steve Round

It's stated that his first priority will be to boost Villa's fortunes in the transfer market, and the news is particularly interesting given Villa's previous interest in Round.

After the appointment of Frenchman Garde as the club's manager in November, Round was targeted as the club's preferred assistant manager – as claimed by the Birmingham Mail – but Garde overruled and chose not to go with Round.

Now though, the former Derby County full back is heading to Villa Park, and fans will be hoping to see considerable progress in the final weeks of the transfer window.

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