By Amir Mir
Ian Taylor has revealed that Tony Xia is “hell bent” on getting Aston Villa back into the Premier League.
Ex-Villa midfielder Taylor who now works as a club ambassador believes the atmosphere around Villa Park is “very positive” after relegation last term.
The Chinese Tycoon purchased the Midlands club for £75million in June from the much-criticised Randy Lerner.
Xia gave manager Roberto Di Matteo the task of steering the club back into the Premier League, and Taylor has now described the mood under Xia’s stewardship.
“It is VERY positive!” Taylor told Venture Down The Left. “They are hell bent on getting the right characters on the pitch with the right temperament to get us back up. Now it’s just a case of getting the players playing as a team.”
Asked if he thought Xia was a good guy, Taylor said, “He definitely seems to be. He really feels it when we lose, I do know that for sure! He is whole-heartedly behind the football club and where we need to be.”
Villa have had a mixed start to the season, with two defeats, two draws, and a solitary win at home to Rotherham.
Taylor is hoping his old club can win promotion, but warned the journey back to the top will be tough.
“I certainly hope so!” said Taylor. “History tells you the longer it takes the more difficult it is. It’s a tough league, and you need the right kind of players to get out of it. I have everything crossed. It won’t be easy!”
Tony Xia has definitely put his money where his mouth is this summer, making nine signings and spending around £50m, including two eight-figure deals for Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia.
In other Aston Villa team news, the club have made a landmark transfer decision.