Pictured: Aston Villa owner deep in conversation with Di Matteo at training
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia was pictured at the club’s training headquarters on Friday afternoon as he watched the club’s players being put through their paces after back-to-back defeats.
The Championship side were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday last Sunday, which was followed up by a humiliating loss against fourth-tier side Luton Town in the EFL Cup.
This resulted in Xia reacting angrily to the defeats, with the Chinese Tycoon subsequently watching the players train on Friday afternoon prior to the game against Rotherham.
Xia is pictured watching the players train at Bodymoor Heath, as he has a discussion with Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo and is then seen greeting the players.
Here is the club’s official Twitter account showing Xia visiting Bodymoor Heath:
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Xia took ownership of the Midlands giants in June for £75 million and as a result appointed Italian Di Matteo as manager and gave him the task to guide them back to the Premier League.
The ambitious owner also had plans to make the former European champions into a top six Premier League team within the next five years, but later admitted the start of the season has been tougher than first expected.
Villa recently signed Wales international James Chester on a four-year deal, as the versatile defender makes a switch from the Premier League to the Championship.
Chester becomes the club’s fifth signing of the summer after Tommy Elphick, Pierluigi Gollini, Aaron Tshibola and Ross McCormack.
In other Aston Villa team news, Holte-End hero Darius Vassell admits he has sympathy for the club’s longest serving player.