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.
I'm very happy2announce Steve Round is appointed as Technical Director.I believe he'll bring great value to our aim 2a modern football club.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 31, 2016
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:
— Graham (@Graarm) September 1, 2016
@AVFCOfficial good appointment all round
— Adam AVFC (@DrTonyx) September 1, 2016
@AVFCOfficial welcome to the club Steve
— Trevor Newman (@NewmanTrnewman) September 1, 2016
— Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) September 1, 2016
@Dr_TonyXia that’s a great appointment.
— James Howard-White (@jhowardwhite) August 31, 2016
@Dr_TonyXia when someone asks you to get a round in you REALLY push the boat out….
— Nick Nelson (@nelsonusm) September 1, 2016
@Dr_TonyXia Great appointment again, solid manager and staff employment overall and good player recruitment ? UTV!!
— Lee Round (@Roundyuk78) August 31, 2016
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.