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Conflicting reports emerge over Villa owners' bid to appoint Pitarch

Valencia CF General Manager Jesus Garcia Pitarch attends the presentation of a new Valencia CF player, Denis Cheryshev at Paterna Training Centre on February 2, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.

Aston Villa are looking to bring in a sporting director to bolster their transfer business.

Martin Montoya poses with the General Manager Jesus Garcia Pitarch during his presentation as a new player for Valencia CF at Paterna Training Centre on August 2, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.

Aston Villa are in the market for a new sporting director, but it's unclear whether Spaniard Jesus Garcia Pitarch will be the man brought in by the club's new owners.

Whilst under-fire manager Steve Bruce remains in the job despite fan calls for him to be sacked, new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens have been swinging the axe in other areas of the club.

Last week, Villa not only sacked European scout Ian Atkins, but also five others in scouting or recruitment, including loan manager Tommy Mooney in a shock cull ahead of the January transfer window.

 

Villa are now attempting to move to a more continental approach, with a sporting director wanted at Villa Park, and Jesus Garcia Pitarch is one name prominently linked, even if reports are confusing at this stage.

The Daily Mail report that the appointment of a sporting director is now 'close', and Pitarch is one of the front-runners for the post over 18 months since leaving his last position with Valencia.

However, The Telegraph report that The Spaniard isn't actually in the frame at all, and is therefore unlikely to be the new man overseeing transfers for Villa heading into 2019.

Steve Bruce manger of Aston Villa talks to Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris before the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on August 25, 2018 in Birmingham,...

Pitarch, 54, had spells as a director with Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Getafe, Real Valladolid and Baniyas before returning to Valencia, and he was let go in January 2017 and hasn't returned to football since.

Pitarch oversaw the signings of Jose Antonio Reyes and Diego Forlan at Atletico Madrid and even had a run-in with David De Gea there, before playing a key role in Valencia's 2016 business, luring the likes of Martin Montoya, Nani, Mario Suarez, Ezequiel Garay and Simone Zaza to the club before his exit.

Valencia CF General Manager Jesus Garcia Pitarch attends the presentation of a new Valencia CF player, Denis Cheryshev at Paterna Training Centre on February 2, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.

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