By Alex Taylor
Tony Xia has revealed on Twitter that Steve Round has been appointed as Aston Villa’s new technical director.
Round, who was assistant to David Moyes at Everton and Manchester United, officially started work at Villa Park on Thursday.
Villa owner Xia shared the news of Round’s appointment in the early hours of Thursday on his personal Twitter account.
The ex-Manchester United and Everton assistant will be charged with overseeing the club’s recruitment and overseeing their transfer dealings.
“I’m pleased to welcome Steve to Aston Villa,” Xia said, as quoted by the Express and Star. “It’s an appointment I believe will be hugely important for the long-term global vision of the football club.
“I’ve discussed at great length with Steve during meetings the way in which I’d like to see the 21st century football club move forward and he has the same ideas and principles.:
It has been reported that manager Roberto Di Matteo will still have a final say on transfers, and that the Italian has given his blessing to the appointment of Round.
Round is a highly-rated and experienced coach, and is now set to dedicate a large chunk of his time with improving the long-term strategy of the Championship club.
Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has previously worked with Round at Everton.
Paddy Riley was the current head of recruitment, but he was heavily criticised for his involvement in the club’s woeful summer signings for the 2015-16 Premier League season which led to their relegation.
The Midlands club had a busy transfer window bringing in nine additions to the club including Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia, James Chester, Aaron Tshibola, Pierluigi Gollini, Mile Jedinak, Tommy Elphick, Ritchie De Laet and Albert Adomah.
In other Aston Villa team news, Stan Collymore has voiced his concern on Twitter about the depth of Villa’s squad after Christmas.