By Amir Mir
Tony Xia has reacted angrily on Twitter after the Aston Villa chief was named as one of the top ten crazy owners in Europe.
Italian outlet Fox Sports named the out-spoken Xia in the list of madcap owners alongside the likes of controversial Leeds figure Massimo Cellino.
Xia, 39, purchased the Championship club for £75 million in June from the much-criticised Randy Lerner, after their relegation from the Premier League.
He appointed Roberto Di Matteo as manager soon after, but sacked the Italian last Monday after only 124 days in the job.
But Xia who spent more than £50 million on transfers during the summer window, defended himself on his personal Twitter account when named on the list of crazy owners.
“Being listed [in the top] ten crazy owners by an Italian paper,” Xia wrote on his personal Twitter account. “I wasn’t that crazy to spend millions.”
Being listed as 10crazy owners by an Italian!!!paper. I wasn't that crazy2spend millions2change a right one but'll do whatever good2the club
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) October 10, 2016
Xia has been very forthright on Twitter since purchasing the Midlands club, including regularly updating supporters on transfers and contract talks.
The Championship side are now looking for their second manager this season, after Xia dismissed Di Matteo from his job last Monday, for winning one game in 12 fixtures.
Former Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce is the frontrunner for the vacant post, with the free agent confirming on Sunday that he has held talks with the club.