Confirmed: Aston Villa close in on landing new senior man
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia will appoint a technical director within the next fortnight, the Chinese tycoon has revealed on his personal Twitter account.
It has been reported by the Express and Star that the new owner is eager to improve the club’s record in the transfer market following the well-documented poor recruitment of last summer.
It is said that club bosses are confident of making appointment within the next two weeks, which was echoed by Xia on social medical on Thursday evening.
The 39-year-old was asked on his personal Twitter account whether a technical director appointment was close and the Chinese businessman revealed a decision between three candidates will be made before the new Championship season kicks off on August 5.
Here is a supporter asking Xia about the technical director role and the owner’s response:
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@Dr_TonyXia technical / sporting director appointment close?
— AVFC Transtweet 跨鸣叫 (@AVFCTransTweet) July 21, 2016
We will make the final decision from the three candidates before the season! https://t.co/8HFttWItEE
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 21, 2016
The Midlands club suffered a disastrous relegation last season when they picked up a miserable 17 points and three wins in the entire 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
The Championship side has signed three new players this summer with Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick signing for a fee of £3million, goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini joining for £4.1million and Aaron Tshibola transferring for £5million.
Di Matteo will begin life as Villa manager away at Sheffield Wednesday on August 7 as he plans for instant promotion back to the top flight.
In other Aston Villa team news, manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed he will provide the Championship club with a strong identity and style of play.