Aston Villa fans react on Twitter as academy manager Mark Harrison joins from West Bromwich Albion

General Views of the Stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park on February 26, 2011 in Birmingham, England.

The Premier League newboys announced Harrison's arrival at Villa Park but their West Midlands rivals don't appear to have yet mentioned it.

General Views of the Stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park on February 26, 2011 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa have announced the appointment of West Bromwich Albion's Mark Harrison as their new academy manager (official Villa website).

Harrison, who had been at The Hawthorns since 2006, has left Villa's West Midlands rivals, whom they defeated in the Championship playoffs, for a similar role at Bodymoor Heath.

According to the Birmingham Mail, he has overseen the breakthrough of numerous players who have impressed in West Brom's first team including Sam Field, Kyle Edwards, Jonathan Leko and Rekeem Harper.

 

Other players who have since left The Hawthorns but prospered as footballers under Harrison's watch include Tyler Roberts, Kemar Roofe, Izzy Brown and Romaine Sawyers.

He will now be tasked with carrying out the same role for Villa after agreeing a switch across the Midlands as he replaces Sean Kimberley, who has left his role as the club’s academy director.

The move is a significant coup for the B6 outfit, who are gearing up for their first campaign back in the Premier League, while at the same time a huge blow to the Baggies, who lose a key member of their coaching setup.

Here is what some Villa fans on Twitter made of the news:

As of Friday afternoon, West Brom are yet to publish an article on their official website or post a Twitter update referring to Harrison's departure.

General Views of the Stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park on February 26, 2011 in Birmingham, England.

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