By Amir Mir
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has revealed on Twitter that the club have added a new senior member to their backroom team by appointing Andrew Stone.
Stone has been plucked from Southampton, where he was the chief player scout, and has been appointed Villa’s head of performance analysis and technical recruitment.
He has made the switch to Villa Park as they look to put the disaster of player recruitment last season behind them.
Stone’s appointment has more than likely signalled the end for Paddy Riley who was at the forefront of recruitment and scouting as he played a huge part in the £55 million spent by the Midlands club last summer.
Xia informed supporters of the recruitment change on his personal Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.
Andrew Stone who worked in Southampton has joined us doing the scouting analysis! https://t.co/ac4D80jaem
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 21, 2016
Here is Villa’s new recruit talking about his new job earlier this month on his personal Twitter account.
— Andrew Stone (@ajstone24) July 8, 2016
As reported by the Birmingham Mail, Riley pin-pointed more than half of the players brought into Villa Park last summer, which saw then-manager Tim Sherwood fail to land his number one targets.
It was said that when Xia finalised his takeover in June he would axe Riley as head of recruitment and it seems that decision has been made.
Riley still remains at the club, but former managers Remi Garde, and Sherwood lost their jobs as did former chief executive Tom Fox as a result of the club’s disastrous relegation.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Roberto Di Matteo has been given a firm answer after they put in a £5million bid for this highly-sought Championship striker.