Ian Taylor responds to new Aston Villa owner’s ambitious targets

Tony Xia completed a takeover of Aston Villa this week.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor has told Sky Sports that there is nothing wrong with Aston Villa owner Tony Xia’s ambitious targets for the club.

Xia completed his takeover at Villa Park this week as former owner Randy Lerner finally managed to sell the club.

It brings about what became a disastrous reign in charge for the American, which culminated in their relegation to the Championship this past season.

Xia has ambitious plans for the Villans, declaring that he hopes to have them back in the top six in England and the top ten in the world within the next decade.

Some have met that with scorn, but Taylor has insisted that there is nothing wrong wit the new owner having ambition.

“You’ve got to have ambition haven’t you?” he told Sky Sports.

“A lot of Villa fans have been calling for that ambition at the football club. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to do well and get us back into the Premier League.”

The first major step that Xia must make is appointing a new manager at the club ahead of next season.

It had appeared that former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson was the favourite for the job, with his experience in the Championship attractive to many.

However, it now appears that former Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is the man the club wants at the helm. Either would be smart choices, and it remains to be seen who Xia moves for.

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