Aston Villa have appointed former Everton assistant manager Steve Round as their new technical director.
The 45-year-old starts the job on Thursday having previously worked for England, Manchester City, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Derby.
He was assistant to David Moyes at Everton and then followed him for their short spell at Manchester United in 2013-14.
Round said: “I am absolutely delighted to join such a great club with a superb support and historic tradition.
“The technical director role is something I’ve been working towards for a long time and once I had met the owner and saw his vision for the club I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
“There is a lot of hard work ahead but with the support of the chairman and Keith Wyness, the expertise of Roberto (Di Matteo) and his excellent coaching team I am sure Aston Villa will re-establish itself as a highly successful football club.”
Round effectively replaces Hendrik Almstadt, the club’s former sporting director who left in March after less than a year at the club, who were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship last season.
Manager Di Matteo added: “It’s an important appointment for Aston Villa, a role that focuses on both the present and future and I’m looking forward to working with him.”