By Amir Mir
Aston Villa fans were ecstatic on Twitter to learn that Paddy Riley has been sacked as head of scouting and recruitment.
The Birmingham Mail claim that newly appointed technical director Steve Round told Riley to leave his role at the club.
Riley was reported to be behind many of the £50 million signings for the summer of 2015, when the Midlands club were relegated into the Championship by picking up only three wins all season.
Many were pleased to hear the news of his sacking, as supporters see it as the end of the old regime which was run by the much-criticised Randy Lerner.
Villa’s new chief Tony Xia and new technical director Steve Round were applauded by supporters for getting rid of Riley.
But, one supporter did question why it took so long for Riley to be sacked, with the fan stating that he should have left as soon as Xia purchased the club.
Here is a selection of the messages from Villa fans on Twitter about the Riley sacking:
Come out of work to find out Riley has been sacked. What a fantastic start to the weekend #avfc
— Gav (@gavmaj80) September 2, 2016
— Aston Villa News (@astnvillanews) September 2, 2016
— CamembertElectrique (@ElectriCheese) September 2, 2016
Just in from work to see Paddy Riley has gone. Am not going to insult a man I don't know, but the end of the old regime is welcome. #avfc
— Villa Views (@ViewsVilla) September 2, 2016
Thank god Paddy Riley has gone well done Toni and the team for getting rid of that shower who were ruining our club #AVFC
— Paul Edwards (@EddieVillaB6) September 2, 2016
— Bryan (@verbalpilfery) September 2, 2016
Paddy Riley gone! Brilliant stuff! #AVFC
— Chris Driver (@ChrisDriver) September 2, 2016
In other Aston Villa news, Roberto Di Matteo shares the impact Tony Xia has had on the club.