Aston Villa owner Dr. Tony Xia says club will appoint new sporting director from three candidates before season

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

The Villa chairman outlined the club's plans, and revealed a change in the scouting personnel.

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

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.

(L - R) New chief executive Keith Wyness, new manager Roberto Di Matteo and new owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

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!"

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.

That news will come as encouragement for Villa fans, with whom last season's director of scouting Paddy Riley was hugely unpopular.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and New owner Dr Tony Xia pose after the press conference

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