Aluko named Aston Villa Women sporting director

Former England international Aluko announced her retirement from playing on Wednesday

Last Updated: 22/01/20 9:50am

Aluko made 102 appearances for England
Aluko made 102 appearances for England

Former England striker Eniola Aluko has been appointed Aston Villa Women’s first sporting director.

Aluko, who won 102 caps for her country, announced her retirement from football last week after leaving Juventus in December.

The 32-year-old recently completed UEFA’s Executive Master for International Players and has been preparing for a second career as a director of football.

Aluko competed in three World Cups, two Euros and represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics, scoring 33 goals in total before her last international appearance in April 2016.

The forward came through the ranks at Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic before making her name at Chelsea.

Eni Aluko left Juventus in December after 18 months at the Serie A champions
Eni Aluko left Juventus in December after 18 months at the Serie A champions

Aluko played in the USA for three years before returning to Birmingham, and then Chelsea for seven years, ending her career playing for Juventus.

In 2016 she made misconduct allegations against former England Women boss Mark Sampson that resulted in scrutiny of his behaviour and the FA’s handling of the complaints.

That episode concluded in October 2017 when a third investigation found Sampson made racially discriminatory remarks to Aluko and fellow player Drew Spence in what were described as “ill-judged attempts at humour”.

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Source : Sky Sports