Dr Tony Xia makes promise to Aston Villa supporters

Aston Villa fans protest with banners

Aston Villa are currently in the process of undergoing a takeover bid.

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

Dr Tony Xia has told The Times that he will be a hands on owner of Aston Villa, and he has promised that he will be in constant communication with the club’s supporters.

Xia is currently in the process of taking over at Villa, and he is just waiting for his bid to be ratified by the Premier League and the Football League.

Xia has already stated that he will hand Villa’s next manager with a large amount of transfer funds, and he has now promised to work as hard as possible to bring the Claret and Blues back to the Premier League.

"I will work with the manager, I hope I can contribute something from my experience, it’s not just being a fan, but the way I think, how to manage the team, or whatever," he said. 

“We have to figure out how to play in the Championship and win back [Premier League status] as soon as we can.

“I will spend a lot of time there and I will show up, if it’s not for every game I will show up for a lot of games.

“I want to communicate with fans as much as I can, to win their hearts back to this great club.”

If Xia does communicate with Villa supporters, it will be a very different approach from the quiet Randy Lerner. 

Aston Villa fans protest with banners

Villa have endured a dire season this past campaign, where they won just three matches.

The Midlands side were well short of quality, and they are expected to make a vast amount of changes in the summer.

Villa are currently on the look out for a new manager to guide them in the Championship, with a sizeable amount of names linked.

The likes of Roberto Di Matteo and Nigel Pearson have both been tipped to take charge at Villa Park, but David Moyes will not be their next boss.

Picture Supplied by Action Images

Moyes was widely recognised as a candidate to take over at Villa, but recent reports have suggested that he will not take the job.

David Moyes before the match

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch