By Tom Blackburn
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia says he held crunch talks on Sunday with the club’s new technical director.
Xia wrote on his personal Twitter account that the meeting had taken place with the unnamed recruitment chief as he continued his shake-up at the top of the club.
The Chinese tycoon vowed that he would continue to streamline the club until they are “the greatest” but told fans it will take time.
Had a long meeting with our new TD before getting on the plane. We'll keep working 2get Villa back2 be the greatest.Takes time. #UTV
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 28, 2016
Although Xia did not disclose the identity of the incoming director of football but it has been widely reported that Steve Round is heading to Villa Park.
The Birmingham Mail claimed at the start of the month that the ex-Manchester United and Everton assistant will be charged with overseeing the club’s recruitment and their transfer dealings.
Round was in the stands as Villa beat Rotherham 3-0 in their second game of the Championship season and is set to be appointed to the new role shortly.
Xia said on Twitter on 17 August that the unnamed new man will start work for the Championship club on 1 September after his previous contract ends on 31 August.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 17, 2016
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 is 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.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, they submit record a £20million bid for a Premier League striker.