Andy Gray takes aim at Aston Villa recruitment, comments on manager hunt

Aston Villa fans protest with banners

The former Villa striker wants to see a new manager at Aston Villa as soon as possible.

Xia Jiantong, the chairman of Recon Group, who has agreed to buy English soccer club Aston Villa, poses for pictures in his office in BeijingXia Jiantong, who has agreed to buy English soccer club Aston Villa

Aston Villa were relegated to the Championship this season after a miserable season at Villa Park.

The last time Villa were relegated was way back in 1987, just five years after winning the European Cup.

Andy Gray was a part of that team with the legendary Doug Ellis the chairman at the club at that time.

Aston Villa's Rudy Gestede in actionAston Villa's Rudy Gestede in action

Gray, who was in his less successful second stint at Villa Park when relegated, spoke to talkSPORT today (25/05/16) about the current situation at Villa – expressing his concern at the length of time to appoint a new manager and the recruitment at the club:

“I’m a little bit disappointed. There’s been a little bit of dithering with this because it’s been a while now. I know they were waiting for a change of ownership but it’s happened now. I think it’s something that needs to be settle very, very quickly.

“It was shocking. The recruitment was poor, really poor. Not just last year, but the season before that and before that. I think the recruitment and the way they went about that has a lot to answer for.

Aston Villa fans hold up a banner directed at Joleon LescottAston Villa fans hold up a banner directed at Joleon Lescott

“The coach, whoever that is, needs to be far more involved in who he recruits and who he lets go.”

Villa were of course recently the subject of a successful takeover by Tony Xia and a managerial appointment looked to be on the cards almost immediately.

That did not prove to be the case – with several names remaining linked with the job.

On the recruitment side of things Aston Villa have got it wrong for several transfer windows now. In January they did nothing, in the summer they snapped up too many foreign players too quickly and before that – Christian Benteke aside – struggled to bring in any outstanding transfers in the past four years.

They must get it right this summer, or Aston Villa will not be making an immediate return.

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