Football Pundit Stan Collymore has made claims that he has been told that Arsenal were very eager to get rid of Hendrik Almstadt, according to recent reports from the Birmingham Mail.
Almstadt was appointed as Aston Villa’s sporting director in the summer but he had previously worked under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, where, according to the Daily Mail, he was solely responsible for dealing with contracts and scouting reports.
Almstadt’s position at Villa has however come under the limelight recently with the exit of former manager Tim Sherwood, with the 40-year-old German believed to possess much influence at Aston Villa.
Collymore, however, makes Almstadt look bad as he says he has been told by a very reliable source that Arsenal were more than happy to let Almstadt leave and join Villa, where he linked up with chief executive Tom Fox, who also had previously worked for the Gunners at the Emirates.
Collymore said, “My sources tell me Arsenal couldn’t wait to get rid of Almstadt, who is now Villa’s sporting director.”
Villa are yet to appoint a new first-team manager following the sacking of their former manager Tim Sherwood a week ago, but all the signs in the works currently suggest that Remi Garde, another man who once worked with Arsenal at the Emirates, will be the one to take charge at Aston Villa as the new manager.
Aston Villa will play next game against current Premier League leaders, Manchester City, and they will be hoping to get at least a point and maybe get out of the bottom of the English Premier League table.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa have the second worst shot accuracy ratio of 37% in the English Premier League this season and Almstadt might just be the one to take charge of the squad for Aston Villa tomorrow and will be hoping for a point at least.