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29th Sep, 2016 | 12:23pm

Paul McGrath urges Tony Xia to get Aston Villa out of their current mess on Twitter

By Harvey Byrne

Aston Villa drew their fifth consecutive match after the 1-1 draw against Barnsley on Tuesday and former Villa player Paul McGrath has urged that the club needs results now.

The Midlands side suffered relegation from the Premier League last campaign and given the wholesome changes in playing staff as well as management many were hoping for an instant return to the top flight.

However, a poor start has left them in 17th place in the Championship league table after 10 matches and many former Premier League sides have struggled to bounce back after dropping down.

McGrath, who played for Villa for seven years between 1989 and 1996 tweeted owner Tony Xia via his personal Twitter account stating that he loved the businessman’s attitude, but results were needed now to get out of the current “mess.”

Xia took over Villa in the summer following the club’s relegation and appointed former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo as the club’s manager.

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The Italian boss recognised that his squad needed changes and brought in nine players to his side, breaking the same Championship transfer record twice in the same window for Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia.

However, the midlands outfit have won just one league game in the new campaign and many are keen to see an improvement before they get left too far behind the club’s challenging at the top.

In other Aston Villa news, Xia believes his new club will succeed despite a dismal start to life in the Championship.