Aston Villa staff profiles
Pen pics of Aston Villa's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff. To see staff profiles for other clubs, click here.
PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS
Monchi - real name Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo - has long been one of the foremost Sporting Directors in world football. Was a goalkeeper for Sevilla before becoming their Sporting Director in 2000. Transformed them from Segunda División side to perennial trophy winners. Only blot on his copybook was ill-fated two-year spell with Roma from 2017 to 2019. Reunited with Emery, with whom he had worked at Sevilla, at Villa in June 2023.
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS
Was Marketing Director at Valencia during Emery's time at the club. Moved to Villa as the Head Coach's personal assistant and has regularly appeared alongside him at press conferences. Moved to the more formal role of Director of Football Operations after Monchi was appointed in June 2023.
One of the most successful coaches in European football. Won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla before joining Paris-Saint Germain, where he claimed seven trophies, including a domestic quadruple in his second season. Things didn't go quite so well at Arsenal, where he lasted only one-and-a-half seasons, but still reached the Europa League final. Joins from Villarreal, where he won the Europa League (again) in his first season and reached the Champions League semi-finals in his second.
Started out as a fitness coach before becoming Rafa Benitez’s assistant at a number of clubs, including Valencia and Liverpool. Left in acrimonious circumstances in 2007 to become a manager in his own right, and has led teams in Spain, Israel, Mexico and Portugal. Now back to being a number two.
Long-time assistant of Emery’s, having worked with him at Sevilla, PSG, Arsenal and Villarreal.
Francisco Javier Garcia
Also worked for Emery at Sevilla, PSG, Arsenal and Villarreal.
INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE COACH
Antonio Rodríguez Saravia
Came through the youth ranks at Barcelona before forging a pro career at other clubs in Spain. Was an assistant and manager before becoming Development Coach for Emery at Villarreal.
SET PIECES COACH
Globetrotter as a player, turning out for teams in the United States, Romania and Japan. Moved into coaching in his late twenties and has been assistant with St Mirren, Hearts, Mexico, Northern Ireland and FC Midtjylland. Appointed as Villa's first set pieces coach in August 2021.
Moises de Hoyo
Worked for Watford for four months last year, but left because his family had remained in Spain. Was reunited with Emery at Villarreal, having worked with him at Sevilla. Has also been a fitness coach at Deportivo La Coruna and Levante.
Appointed in November 2018 and oversees the medical/ performance department. Had previously worked in his homeland of Australia.
HEAD OF INNOVATION AND PERFORMANCE SCIENCE
Aman Singh Shergill
Appointed as Performance Scientist in November 2019 following four-and-a-half years at near rivals Birmingham City. Promoted to current role in January 2024.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Youth player at Villa before taking a sports science degree at Loughborough University and taking a different path. Started as an S&C with the Academy before being promoted to the first team.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE COACH
Joined the club as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in January 2019 from Brentford, where he had worked for three-and-a-half years. Title changed to Physical Performance Coach in May 2021.
HEAD OF NUTRITION
Joined in September 2022, having previously been Olympic Sports Performance Dietician at UCLA. Was a college footballer of some repute herself.
HEAD OF MEDICAL SERVICES
Was an international sprinter for Portugal before qualifying as a physician. Was Head of Medical for Estoril and Nottingham Forest before joining Aston Villa at the start of 2023/24.
Appointed in November 2022, having previously worked for Wasps in rugby union for a decade.
Club stalwart who joined in July 2000.
LEAD REHABILITATION PHYSIO
Promoted from the Academy following the departure of John Hartley to Derby County in December 2020. Moved into current role in December 2022.
VIDEO/ DATA ANALYST
Described as Emery’s “second pair of eyes” and has worked with him at Almeria, Sevilla, PSG, Arsenal and Villarreal. Last year TGG interviewed Manas about his work.
HEAD OF PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS
Joined from QPR in 2016.
Was the first analyst to work with Villa Ladies. Promoted to Academy and then first team.
Hired from Tottenham in April 2019.
FOOTBALL RESEARCH/ DATA
LEAD DATA SCIENTIST & ENGINEER
Worked for Arsenal for three years as a Data Scientist and Engineer before a brief spell with Fifa. Joined Villa in October 2021 and responsible for using “cutting-edge techniques to derive insights from data”.
Arrived at the club in October 2019 from Minnesota United. Responsible for all first-team operations, including team travel and player logistics.
PLAYER CARE MANAGER
Joined from Liverpool, where he had worked for seven years, in May 2022. Worked with Gerrard during his time with the Reds. Role at Anfield was Academy Player Care Manager.