By Abigail Withey
Sky Sports correspondant Johnny Phillips has said that Tony Xia’s Twitter activity doesn’t do Aston Villa any favours and believes that boss Steve Bruce deserves better support from the owner.
Villa managed to secured their second victory of the 2017/18 campaign on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Barnsley.
The club’s last victory against Norwich City back in August was followed by a string of disappointing results, including a number of unimpressive draws.
Xia regularly reacts to results on social media, but Phillips thinks that airing his frustrations in honest tweets for supporters to respond to is damaging for the club and unfair on Bruce, particularly after the owner shared a series of unhappy emojis following the club’s goalless draw against Brentford.
Phillips wrote in his Express and Star column: “Are these owners essentially fans in suits with as much, or less, idea as the rest of us when it comes to running a club?”
“Steve Bruce will have been told of Xia’s emojis tweet last Saturday evening: ‘Sad face, surprised face, angry face.’
“What sort of communication is this from the owner of one of England’s greatest football clubs? What does Xia hope to achieve?
“If he genuinely wants the best for his football club then how on earth is a tweet of reactionary emojis that in turn generates an eruption of noise from disgruntled supporters possibly going to assist a promotion push?
“When Xia pressed send on that ill-conceived tweet, he did nothing to improve the club’s fortunes. Whatever your opinions of Villa’s current form, Bruce deserves better.”
The manager will have been relieved to have secured his first away of the season, but owner Tony Xia has remained quiet on social media despite the long-awaited positive result.
Although the business man is yet to comment on the 3-0 win, Xia has a number of opportunities next week to talk about his side’s performance.
Villa will host their two fixtures next week as Middlesbrough venture to the Midland club for the second time in a week to face Bruce’s squad in the EFL Cup before playing against Nottingham Forest in the Championship just days later.
In other Aston Villa news, Simon Jordan has sent a message to the fans after Birmingham sacked Harry Redknapp.