Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo and owner Dr Tony Xia
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has responded to criticism of his public interaction with fans via social media network Twitter by stating that people need to believe his ambition to get the club back to where it belongs.
The Villans lost their Championship opener against Sheffield Wednesday yesterday, and Xia was extremely active on Twitter, uploading regular tweets both throughout and after the match.
Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia in the stands
He tweeted the below message to his official Twitter account today in light of criticism that his public presence could have a detrimental effect on his club:
I don't care that ppl worried about my impoliteness as I have 2 protect our club&let ppl believe we are back&better https://t.co/dCO9eHKdbg— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) 8 August 2016
After Villa's disastrous 2015/16 Premier League campaign, Roberto Di Matteo was given the remit of returning the club back to the top flight within two years, but after yesterday's defeat, it is quite clear how much work there is still to be done.
Next up for the Midlands outfit is a tricky looking trip to Luton in the League Cup on Wednesday night, before they host Rotherham United in the Championship on Saturday.
Roberto Di Matteo has a tough job on his hands at Villa
England's second tier is such a hard league to compete in, and it will be vital for Villa to build momentum early, otherwise they could struggle to contend for the promotion spots come May.
Judging by Xia's latest tweet, whatever happens on the pitch, he has no plans to lower this very public Twitter profile any time soon.
Di Matteo and Xia pose together