Aston Villa appoint new head of European scouting
The Midlands club have appointed former Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund assistant coach Michael Henke as their new head of European scouting.
The German, 55, coached Villa manager Paul Lambert while he was a player at Dortmund in the 1990s. He was assistant to Ottmar Hitzveld at Dortmund and Munich when they won Bundesliga and Champions League titles. Henke also had a spell in charge of analysis and scouting at Bayern Munich, first under Hitzveld and then Jurgen Klinsmann, before another assistant role at FC Koln.
“It’s great to have a man with Michael’s experience and track record to come in to this role”, Lambert told BBC Sport, “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring him here. In the European game he has an unbelievable wealth of experience and an enviable network of contacts. It’s a great thing for Villa that we have been able to attract a man of his calibre.”
Villa are currently in talks to loan out midfielder Jean II Makoun to French Ligue 1 side Rennes for the approaching season, and have also been linked with a move for Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe.