Aston Villa announce departure of Mark Delaney

The latest news from the West Midlands club Aston Villa is that they removed Mark Delaney as their U-23 manager. The Welshman will leave Bodymoor Heath, the training ground of Aston Villa after 15 years in charge.

Delaney was in charge of Aston Villa’s U-23 squad for a long time. He is responsible for bringing out mention-worthy talents from the club’s academy. Under him, players like Jacob Ramsey, Carney Chukwuemeka, Cameron Archer, and Louie Barry honed their footballing skills.

In January 2021, Delaney also took charge of a Villa squad consisting mainly of academy players in the FA Cup. His team succumbed to a defeat at the hands of Klopp’s Liverpool in the 3rd round by a score of 4-1.

Statement from the club and Delaney

In a statement today, a club spokesman said: “Aston Villa can confirm that Mark Delaney has left his role in the club’s academy. The club would like to record its sincere thanks to Mark for his service to Aston Villa and wish him every success for the future.”

 On the other hand, Delaney also affixed a message to the supporters of Aston Villa. He said: “It’s with a heavy heart that I will be leaving Aston Villa Football Club. This club has been a huge part of my life for the last 23 years, making 193 appearances, 36 international caps and 15 years coaching.”

“Having gained all these experiences I am looking forward to what may lie ahead. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Aston Villa, the players, staff and, in particular, the passionate supporters who have shown me loyalty both on and off the pitch. I wish you all the best in the future. UTV!”

Aston Villa will now look to walk in a different direction for the coaching setup of their U-23 squad. The club finished 9th out of 13 teams in Division 2 of Premier League 2. They managed to win only 9 out of their 24 fixutres.

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