The new Villa owner has big plans for his new club.
New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference
The Chinese businessman spoke of achieving an instant return to the top flight next season, before entering the European frame within five years and ultimately winning the Champions League within the next ten.
New manager Roberto Di Matteo and new owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference
As unlikely as those ambitions are to become a reality, the manner of Xia’s tone will have the Villa faithful excited in anticipation of the years ahead.
Last season was a miserable one for all involved with the club and after a considerable summer spend produced a return of just 17 points and a last place finish, the need for a fresh start is clear.
New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference
Roberto Di Matteo will bring fresh energy and ideas after a torrid time under Remi Garde and will be confident of returning Villa to the top flight at the first time of asking if given backing by Xia in the transfer window in the coming months.
Reaction to Xia’s quotes was unsurprisingly plentiful on Twitter and we’ve provided a selection of the best ones below:
I've heard more from Dr Tony Xia already in his week in charge as new owner then I heard from Lerner in 10 years #AVFC— Brian Meer (@DangeAVFC) June 17, 2016
Don’t get me wrong — I’m excited about the "Xia era" at Villa Park. But the breadth of his ambition concerns me. https://t.co/GGwEYMlwhf— Alex Carson (@crashcarson15) June 16, 2016
We've got Tony Xia, super Tony Xia, I just don't think u understand.— Martìn Hollìnshead (@Billy7AVFC) June 16, 2016
From relegation fights to European nights and the best team in the land
Tony Xia wants champ league in 10 years.must have some serious cash to inject— maurice newton (@villamozz) June 16, 2016
Really looking forward to the next few years under Tony Xia. He's ambitious and why not!? #UTV— Adam. آدم (@adamAVFC) June 15, 2016
Watching Tony Xia's first interview. Very well spoken and he ain't half ambitious! So excited for next season and beyond #avfc— Dale Birch⚡️ (@BattleBorn__) June 15, 2016