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New Addition To Scouting Staff

New Addition To Scouting Staff

Villa have appointed Michael Henke as our new Head of European Scouting.

Henke is formerly the assistant manager to Ottmar Hitzfeld whilst at Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, before taking up the reigns of analysis and scouting at Bayern in 2008 when Hitzfeld left.

So he clearly has the experience and is in the funny position of now being managed by one of his former players in Paul Lambert.

Taking up the role of Head of European Scouting, Henke will head up our European network in an overall structure that has been developed since the time of Gerard Houllier. Many fans will remember both he and Paul Faulkner talking about the total overhaul of our scouting regime and developing a network that would best benefit the club.

Speaking to the Official Site following his appointment, Henke said.

'This is a similar role to one I held at Bayern. Our objective will be to identify young players who have a good future and a good mentality. The Bundesliga, for example, has very good youth academies but our analysis of players will include other leagues, including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, France, Spain and other countries. By definition, this is an extensive exercise. It's not always about good technique but it's also about the right character and what is required overall to be a successful players in the Premier League. It is not always about young, emerging talent either - also players with experience who will be motivated by the challenge and who we believe will bring the right qualities to Aston Villa.'

It looks like Henke has been gearing up for the role for a while as he also talks about his shared friendship, and ideals in football between him and Paul Lambert, aswell as visiting Bodymoor Heath several weeks ago. He's also already taken in West Ham's friendlies against Dresden and Cottbus so he can provide advice ahead of our Premiership opener against them.

The domestic end of our scouting database is being overseen by Patrick Riley with Gareth Payne overseeing the analysis of opposition players.

Sounds like the plan is really starting to come together now on building us a proper overseas scouting network, which will in the long run see an end to overpaying for domestic players as we'll be getting - you would hope - the cream of the crop from abroad.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday August 15 2012
Time: 5:43PM


Sounds like a positive appointment Mike, Dortmund and Bayern are massive clubs to have on the c.v. Lets hope we start to see some promising players with the right attitude arriving soon.
15/08/2012 17:52:00
A wise man once said '' i luv it when a plan comes together'' Hannibal of the A Team, and how true this is, what a great coup this is, we now have contacts all over europe and as scoops says above no more desire to buy british players all the time which has got us nowhere fast, really looking bright our future is and Rambo Lambo is taking no prisoners i tell ya! UTV!
15/08/2012 18:00:00
Excellent news....... can he recommend a quality striker...... like now?
Pride of Lions
15/08/2012 18:06:00
The article also mentions how both Henke and Lambert share a value for organization. A system where everyone (players, staff, etc.) must work hard to achieve success. It certainly looks promising!
15/08/2012 18:21:00
A very welcome addition to the staff.
Green Villan
15/08/2012 18:50:00
This is excellent news...planning ahead - like it.
15/08/2012 19:16:00
I have had enough. All that we seem to be getting from the club at the moment is good news. It is about time Paul Lambert realised that he is at Aston Villa and as supporters we need several doses of bad news to keep us happy.
15/08/2012 19:41:00
I love appointments like this almost more than a signing. Its so good to see some proper structure being put in place. Long needed and very welcome. Just hope they are all given the time now to do their jobs and bring some success to this grand old club.
15/08/2012 19:48:00
Exactly what we need, if you're not going to spend mega bucks then you have to unearth gems and unfortunately British youngsters go for twice as much as Europeans, so this is the way forward. I recently read RVP was bought for £2.75 million by arsenal, after numerous seasons of quality performances he is now being sold for £24 mil - that gentlemen is the way to do business. Excellent move Mr Lambert I'm sure we will reap the benefits.
Lion Heart
15/08/2012 20:12:00
Another good signing for the building of the future :o )
15/08/2012 22:18:00
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