Revealed: Highly-rated coach quits Aston Villa to join Wolves

Highly-rated coach Mike Scott has left Aston Villa to join West Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, BirminghamLive can show.

Scott has started work at Wolves’ Compton Park training base in his new role as head of coach development.

He only joined Villa as under-16s boss and head of youth development last summer after leaving Championship club Derby County.

Before Scott connected up with Derby in 2019 he was part of West Bromwich Albion’s academy set-up, where he worked alongside current Villa chiefs Mark Harrison and Steve Hopcroft.

The Solihull native spent 11 years with West Brom, seven of them as specialized development phase coach.

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During that time he worked with many players who have risen to prominence such as Nathan Ferguson, Dara O’Shea, Kyle Edwards and Rayhaan Tulloch.

Scott was under-18s boss in the latter stages of his Baggies career, leading the team to the FA Youth Cup semi-final in April 2019, the club’s first in 41 years.

A number of ex-Albion coaches have made their way from The Hawthorns to Villa Park over the last two years, but Scott has now been lured away from Villa.

BirminghamLive understands Scott’s role as head of coach development with Wolves is academy-based and he will report into technical director Scott Sellars, who has retained overall control of the youth teams despite stepping up to join the club’s hierarchy.

Wolves’ academy have enjoyed positive results in the opening two months of the season, with the under-18s currently sixth in the Premier League north division having won three of their opening six matches.

Wolves’ under-23s are also among the early speed-setters in Premier League 2 Division 2 despite now operating with a much younger team than in past years.

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