COMMENT by Amir Mir
When Tony Xia walked through the doors at Aston Villa in June not many supporters were sure of what to expect from the Chinese businessman.
Villa had just suffered their worst season in their 142 year history after being relegated from the Premier League with a humiliating points tally of just 17 points from 38 games.
However it is fair to say that Dr Tony has so far been the perfect remedy for the failing Midlands giants.
Certain sections of the Villa Park faithful may criticise his overuse of Twitter and his constant outbursts on the team, but this show of passion should be applauded.
The 40-year-old is a breath of fresh air at the Championship club because he brings a much-needed passion and fight to Villa Park – something which was severely lacking under the previous regime.
Former owner Randy Lerner barely spoke to supporters, nor the media, but it it fair to say Xia has been the complete opposite from his predecessor.
Steve Bruce’s side were beaten 1-0 at Norwich on Tuesday night and the out-spoken owner was not too pleased with the performance at Carrow Road.
After years of suffering, accepting mediocrity, there is now someone in charge at Villa who is showing hunger to succeed.
The wrong decisions at the boardroom level may have been made in selecting Roberto Di Matteo as boss at the start of the Championship season, but that has now been rectified with the appoint of promotion expert Bruce.
Not only that, amongst all his talk, Xia did put his money where his mouth is when recruiting players during the summer – breaking the Championship transfer record on two occasions is an example of that.
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