Adrian Bevington, the former Club England Managing Director at the Football Association, will leave his advisory role the club have confirmed.


“Aston Villa Football Club can confirm today that Adrian Bevington has decided to leave his advisory position with the club,” read a statement released by the club who were relegated to the Championship.


Bevington joined the Villa to review and evaluate the managerial position and playing staff at Villa Park in March.


Upon announcing his departure, Aston Villa Chairman Steve Hollis, said: “I’d like to place on record my thanks to Adrian for his contribution and professionalism.


“Over a short period of time, he has provided a great deal of football knowledge and experience – both to the club and to me personally.


“Adrian gave me his word he would remain with the club until the end of the season. Now that time has come we wish him well for the future with his various football commitments.”


Adrian Bevington said: “I explained to Steve Hollis a few weeks ago that I would not be looking to take on a full-time role with the club, but agreed to remain as an advisor until the end of the season.


“I know how hard Steve is working on a number of levels and I hope he can conclude the ownership and managerial positions very soon.


“I have enjoyed working with Steve and Brian Little – a man who clearly cares so much for the club and will do everything he can to help it succeed.


“I’d also like to make particular reference to Eric Black. Eric has been a true professional to work with after taking on the manager’s role in the most difficult circumstances.


“There is a huge amount of work ahead for Aston Villa FC. A club of its size with its great support should be competing at the higher levels of the Premier League, not in the position it currently finds itself.


“To move forward, now more than ever, it is crucial the club makes the right calls on the big decisions it is faced with.


“I wish everyone at Aston Villa FC and its supporters every success for the future.”


Bevington is the latest in a number of high profile departures from the club which has seen Robin Russell (Chief Financial Officer), Tom Fox (Chief Executive), David Bernstein (Director) and Mervyn King (Director) all leaving in the last two months.