By Alex Taylor

Steve Round has joined Aston Villa as the club’s new technical director – and fans took to Twitter to celebrate his arrival.

The former Manchester United assistant was confirmed as Villa’s transfer guru by owner Tony Xia on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning.

Round, who has reportedly played an important role in transfers over the last few weeks despite not being officially in place at Villa Park, is charged with streamlining the club’s recruitment process.

Fans took to social media to celebrate his arrival, with some making light of the situation while other took their opportunity to welcome him to the club.

Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Paddy Riley was 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.

The Midlands club had a busy transfer window bringing in nine additions to the club including Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia, James Chester, Aaron Tshibola, Pierluigi Gollini, Mile Jedinak, Tommy Elphick, Ritchie De Laet and Albert Adomah.

In other Aston Villa team news, Stan Collymore has voiced his concern on Twitter about the depth of Villa’s squad after Christmas.