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George Boateng Appointed Aston Villa U-18 Coach

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Ghanaian born Dutch international George Boateng has been appointed the head coach of Aston Villa Under-18 team.

The former Aston Villa midfielder spent three years with the Club from 1999, playing over 100 times and achieving milestones such as reaching the FA Cup Final, is back at the club and embarking on his coaching career.

George Boateng says returning to Aston Villa as U18s Assistant Coach is the ‘perfect’ next step as he looks to further the next stage of his career.

“I made a decision a couple of years ago and knew if I wanted to be a good manager or coach then I need to learn my trade. It’s the same as when you’re playing – you can’t just begin playing in the first team. You have to learn, all aspects of the game.”

“I spent a year at Blackburn Rovers, coaching the U13s through to the U18s. To be Assistant Coach for the U18s here is perfect. It’s a club I know well and working with a specific age group. It’s a combination that focuses on performance and development.”

“It’s perfect for me in terms of the way I want to develop as a coach.”

According to him, he has always stayed close to the club, despite having left 17 years ago.

“It’s a club that even when I left I kept in touch with.

“That’s been with people running the club, the likes of Ian Taylor in his ambassador role and Gareth Barry and Lee Hendrie at various points. I’ve been away, but I’ve always stayed connected with Aston Villa.”

“It was always a wish for me to play here, from the moment I stepped onto the pitch against Villa for Coventry. We had really good players in my time here and it was the right move at the right time for me.”

About Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman

Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman (popularly known as Dada Oliseh) is a self-motivated young journalist with a passion for telling stories better with pictures. He is the founder, owner, editor and bankroller of www.ghanasoccernews.com. He has a vast experience in the reporting of football-related activities in Ghana and beyond. A former employee of Hearts News (official mouthpiece of Accra Hearts of Oak), 90 minutes sports paper, National Sports Authority, Footballcrusader.com, sportscrusader.com, and ghanafootballnews.com, Samuel is one of the few energetic and self-motivated young journalist in Ghana with a large following on social media, especially Facebook (https://web.facebook.com/boakye.buckman.9). He is well known for his frequent updates from all over the country with pictures to match. He is also a correspondent for a few international websites, including CAF. In recent times, he has introduced, as part of his many talents, the live streaming of matches and football related activities. He lives in Accra Ghana.

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