The Club can confirm that our longtime Academy Director, Bryan Jones, will retire at the end of August.
Known popularly as 'BJ', he informed the Club of his decision some time ago and, alongside Villa CEO Paul Faulkner, will play an active role in the appointment of his successor.
"I'm very proud of our achievements as an Academy during my lengthy association with the Club and I wish to thank the staff who have worked with me over that period," Jones said.
"We can take great pride in those achievements and in the strong foundations we've laid which will ensure that Aston Villa's Academy continues to be successful ."
Faulkner paid tribute to BJ's outstanding service and expressed gratitude for his commitment to assist in the process of selecting a successor.
"On behalf of the Chairman, Randy Lerner, and the Villa Board, I wish to thank Bryan for the immense contribution he has made to the Club," he said.
"We respect Bryan's decision and we are grateful, too, that he will help in the process of appointing a new Academy Director to succeed him.
"Quite rightly, the Club prides itself on our commitment to youth development and securing No.1 status in the country for our Academy is a fantastic legacy. Everyone at Aston Villa will wish Bryan well in his retirement."
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