Aston Villa legend Tony Morley is delighted with Gordon Cowans' promotion.
Fellow 1980s hero Morley has warned Villa's current crop of players that Cowans is a "born winner" who will expect them to live up to his exacting ideals on the training pitches.
"He's what I call a throwback to the past and your old pros," Morley told Villa's website. "There's no airs or graces about him.
"He's down to earth - there's nothing cocky about him.
"This won't change him one little bit - to him he's part of Aston Villa's history so he just loves the football club.
"He'll be so proud. What a lot of people don't realise is that he's a terrible loser.
"When you speak to him off the pitch he's a mild mannered fella. He can switch off when he's out socialising, but when it comes to football he's a born winner."