Villa part company with sporting director Pitarch

Jesus Garcia Pitarch has left Aston Villafollowing criticism of the Premier Leagueclub’s transfer business.

Aston Villa have parted company with sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch after they narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League.

Pitarch has come in for criticism over Villa’s transfer business, with in excess of £140million splashed out after their promotion from the Championship 14 months ago.

Dean Smith’s side finished just a point above the drop zone following a 1-1 draw at West Ham on the final day of the season last weekend.

Villa on Tuesday announced that Pitarch’s near two-year stay at the club is over.

“Aston Villa can confirm that Jesus Garcia Pitarch’s contract as Sporting Director has ended,” a club statement said.

“Mr Pitarch, who is known as Suso, joined Aston Villa in October 2018.

“The board would like to thank Suso for his hard work in restructuring the playing squad after the change of ownership in 2018, and for setting in place foundations for future success including the reorganisation of our Academy.”

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