There is no truth in recent reports that Aston Villa head of recruitment Rob Mackenzie is set to leave Villa Park to join Bristol City, according to the Bristol Post.
Yesterday, Football Insider claimed that Mackenzie was set to leave the Premier League club just a year after his arrival in order to join up with Nigel Pearson at Ashton Gate.
Pearson worked with Villa’s head of recruitment during his time at Leicester City – with the two playing a part in the arrivals of players such as Ngolo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, and Jamie Vardy – and later OH Leuven.
According to Bristol Post, however, Mackenzie is not set to reunite with the experienced coach at City and reports suggesting otherwise are wide of the mark.
In fact, it is understood that he has no intention of leaving Villa, remaining happy at the Midlands club and committed to his current role.
City are thought to be on the lookout for a director of football and a new CEO after Mark Ashton’s departure to join Ipswich Town.
Those appointments could be pivotal with Pearson making it no secret that he feels it could take between five and six transfer windows to build a squad capable of securing promotion to the Premier League.
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It would’ve been a huge surprise for Mackenzie to swap Villa for City given where the two clubs are right now but this report from the Bristol Post is still a blow for the Robins.
The South West club will be hoping that Pearson can recreate the success he had at Leicester by building a squad to secure promotion and build from there, so as the Villa man was part of that process at the King Power Stadium his arrival would’ve been a massive boost.
As it is, it seems City’s search will go on as they look to put things in place for what looks likely to be a long-term project.