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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 15 2012

Time: 5:43PM

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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.
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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!
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15/08/2012 18:00:00

Excellent news....... can he recommend a quality striker...... like now?
Pride of Lions
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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!
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15/08/2012 18:21:00

A very welcome addition to the staff.
Green Villan
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15/08/2012 18:50:00

This is excellent news...planning ahead - like it.
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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.
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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.
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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
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15/08/2012 20:12:00

Another good signing for the building of the future :o )
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15/08/2012 22:18:00

VOTH - LMAO, so true!!
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15/08/2012 22:35:00

Unfortunately we are a selling club at the moment but I do hope that appointments like this turn our club around and that we get to keep hold of our better players. Bigger clubs will always come knocking though:-(
holte ender 1969
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15/08/2012 22:41:00

Good work PL also thanks to randy for the backing. USA
Aussie Villain
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15/08/2012 23:45:00

As per usual VOTH is right lol i am struggling to find things to moan about in life at the moment damn it ;)
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16/08/2012 08:08:00

Some of the credit has to go to GH. This is his legacy (along with Bent) and it will have huge benefits in the years to come
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16/08/2012 08:34:00

aawww shucks Clive. You say the nicest things :o) I do find it interesting, and I am not disagreeing, that Lion Heart uses RVP as an example of how to do business. He was purchased for 3.5 million by Arsenal and sold at the top of his game for 24m. Wenger, who I believe is a managerial genius has already invested in two quality strikers and will reinvest some of this money wisely again. He has always operated in this way (Henry, Viera, Petit, Overmars, Anelka etc) However this is the first time he has had sell to a rival and it is hurting. But the point made by Lion Heart is to buy cheap, sell big and reinvest. But when Villa made good profits on players, Platt, Yorke, Downing, Barry, Young, Milner etc then we all cried foul and said we shouldn't sell even for a massive profit. There is a balance here and this is where Wenger usually gets it right (although Nasri and Fabregas were a painful way to get 60m). You buy cheap, get the best years out of a player and then flog them at the top of their game, just before their value will plummet. Wenger is a master at this. We must hope that PL learns the same lessons and the appointment of Henke is an indication that he may have. The skill is getting the best for next to nothing, nuturing and developing them, making your own club successful and then flogging them for huge profit to a club desperate enought to buy them knowing that they will have no sell on fee. Make no mistake. Fergie is in a panic. Manure cannot afford 24m + a 28m contract for RVP. It is madness for a club to spend 52m on a player who has absolutely no resell value and a history of injury. They may get some short term return but will definitely suffer long term. Fergie will be gone in two seasons so he isn't going to be around to suffer the after affects. Arsenal may have to suffer short term pain and watch RVP bang in a few goals for their rivals, but in the long term Wenger will once again proved to have played a blinder in the best interest of Arsenal. The point I am long windingly trying to make is that a club that sells players for big profits are not necessarily a selling club. They are often a progressive club. The ones spending big money are not always an ambitious club they are often simply desperate. I think the RVP situation will show this to its full effect. So if we can buy for 1m and sell for 10m then in theory I have no problem with this as long as the money is reinvested in improving the whole infrastructure of the club. If Henke and PL can do for Villa what Wenger and his network have done for Arsenal then we will be all the better for it.
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16/08/2012 08:39:00

Would agree with you to a degree on Wenger dont think he is so hot on goalkeepers since Seaman went he has had a few disasters. The interesting piece I saw on bbc gossip this morning is tha Hernandez may move to Arsenal following the RVP deal if true that is a brilliant move by Wenger depending on price.
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16/08/2012 10:52:00

The main reason I love this scout is because he is German and there is top quality young players coming through there at the minute so I will be hoping we can nab at least one German player with this guy... MERLIN128777 I highly doubt wenger would sign Hernandez the chap can hardly kick the ball the out of his own way he doesnt fit arsenals philosophy...
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16/08/2012 11:29:00

A great appointment, just what we need - a proper scouting network that can bring in quality players from across Europe. Welcome aboard , Michael. UTV
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16/08/2012 22:37:00

h e 1969 -- There are no 'bigger' clubs only 'richer' clubs. Look at what has happened to Arsenal. The Devil will come to collect at Manure, though!
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