Andy Gray: Why I am worried about the Aston Villa owner
By Amir Mir
Former Aston Villa striker Andy Gray has told the club’s owner to talk more positively about his side or take a back seat.
Xia has been very open about his thoughts on his social media account since his £75million takeover of the Midlands giants earlier this summer.
The Chinese Tycoon has offered his thoughts on recruitment, TV pundits and, most recently, player performances in the wake of the humiliating defeat against League Two side Luton on Wednesday night.
But former Villa striker Gray has given the Chinese businessman some sound advise about his daily Twitter updates.
“I am a little worried about him,” Gray told TalkSport. “He does shoot from the hip in many ways but too much. I don’t mind that but do it positively.
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“There’s nothing positive about what he’s said up to now. I’d quite like him to take a back seat.”
TV pundit Gray played 167 games for Villa during two different stints totalling six years where he scored 59 goals and lifted the 1977 League Cup in the process.
Villa picked up 17 points last season, winning only three Premier League games as they fell into the second-tier of English football
The Midlands club have lost their opening two fixtures under manager Roberto Di Matteo, as they now face Rotherham at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
In other Aston Villa team news, Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway gives his thoughts on Villa’s home fixture against Rotherham.