Sport scientist Sharkey exits Aston Villa following Gerrard arrival

Sharkey joined Villa from QPR in July 2017

Sharkey joined Villa from QPR in July 2017

LEAD Sport Scientist Jack Sharkey has left Aston Villa after four-and-a-half years.

Sharkey arrived at the club in July 2017 when Steve Bruce was manager, having preciously worked for QPR and Burton Albion. He was part of the staff that helped the club gain promotion to the Premier League in 2018/19 and stay there for the following two seasons.

However, following the arrival of Steven Gerrard as Head Coach last month, Villa ended up heavy on numbers in their performance department. Gerrard brought Jordan Milsom in with him from Rangers as Head of Fitness and Conditioning. The duo had also previously worked together at Liverpool’s Academy.

Already on the staff were Head of Performance Jeremy Oliver, Head of Sport Medicine and Science Ricky Shamji and Sharkey, who had worked under previous manager Dean Smith.

Writing on Twitter, Sharkey said: “It’s been a pleasure working at this truly historic club and with so many great people. I am excited about the next chapter in my career and exploring new opportunities in performance sport.

“I would like to express my thanks for all the support Villa has given me during this time. Being part of Aston Villa’s success over the last few seasons and seeing the club return to the Premier League is something I feel immensely proud to have been a part of. UTV.”

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