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​Villa legend Cowans leaves the Midlanders

Aston Villa have parted company with former midfielder Gordon Cowans, a key member of their 1981 title and 1982 European Cup-winning teams.

The 57-year-old has spent the last 18 years working for the club's academy at their Bodymoor Heath training ground.

"All good things must come to an end someday," said Cowans in a prepared club statement.

"It is right to make this change at this time. Although I will no longer be turning up to work for this great club, I will remain a lifelong supporter.

"Under the guidance of the new owner and his management team, I look forward to many years of supporting Aston Villa from the stands as we start the climb back towards our rightful position as the area's premier football club.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our wonderful fans, who have given me such tremendous support over the years and helped me through the more challenging times in my career. You'll always be in my heart."

Ian Ferris
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