Mark Delaney leaves Aston Villa in a surprising coaching change

Mark Delaney

Premier League side Aston Villa have announced the departure of the under-23 head coach Mark Delaney from the club. Mark Delaney had been with the club for 15 years as a coach at Bodymoor Heath.

Delaney made a total of 192 appearances for Aston Villa before joining the coaching staff after his retirement. While he took over as the head coach of the under 23s back in 2015. He has developed the likes of Jacob Ramsey, Carney Chukwuemeka, Cameron Archer, and Louie Barry over the past few seasons. Delaney took charge of the Aston Villa’s FA third-round clash against Liverpool in January 2021 after the first team and coaches were ruled out due to Covid. The game ended in a 4-1 defeat but Mark Delaney certainly showed his qualities as a manager.

While the likes of Jacob Ramsey and Carney Chukwuemeka have broken into the first team this term. They have shown excellent technical ability and helped the senior side this term. In conclusion, this is down to the coaching at the under-23 level by Mark Delaney and his staff. But the Welsh manager has left his role as the under-23 head coach. A spokesman in an official statement from Aston Villa 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.”

“This club has been I wish you all the best in the future. UTV!”: Mark Delaney sends a farewell message to the Aston Villa fans

Mark Delaney posted an emotional message for the Aston Villa fans after his departure from the club. 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. Finally, I wish you all the best in the future. UTV!”

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