The Villa chairman outlined the club's plans, and revealed a change in the scouting personnel.
Aston Villa owner Dr. Tony Xia has revealed on Twitter that he will appoint a new sporting director at the club within the next fortnight as he looks to complete his backroom changes before the start of the season.
Xia's takeover of the club from previous owner Randy Lerner has already resulted in several changes, such as the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo as manager and Keith Wyness as CEO.
One of the more noticeable differences about Xia's time in charge so far for fans has been the Chinese businessman's vocal presence on social media, with the new owner sending messages to supporters through his Twitter account.
Earlier this week the 39-year-old urged supporters to be patient over the club's transfer business this summer, stressing that "quality is more important than quantity".
Now, he has revealed in a response to a fan query that he is close to appointing a new sporting director, suggesting that an announcement will be made before the start of the Championship season in a little over two weeks' time.
Answering the question "technical/sporting director appointment close?", Xia replied: "We will make the final decision from the three candidates before the season!"
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
Villa's previous sporting director, Henrik Almsadt, was a failed appointment by the club's former CEO Tom Fox, and the naming of his replacement could be hugely significant for Villa with still six weeks of the transfer window remaining as they look to bring in further additions to their squad.
So far, Di Matteo has signed Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, Bournemouth captain and centre-back Tommy Elphick, and Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola.
Xia also added that he has brought in Southampton's Andrew Stone as a scouting analyst to aid with the club's search for new recruits.
Andrew Stone who worked in Southampton has joined us doing the scouting analysis! https://t.co/ac4D80jaem— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) July 21, 2016
That news will come as encouragement for Villa fans, with whom last season's director of scouting Paddy Riley was hugely unpopular.