Aston Villa Manager Latest
There’s much to discuss about Tony Xia and the Recon group’s takeover of Aston Villa. From the most recent batch of interviews Xia has given (already more than Lerner did in his entire time as the owner of Villa), certain things have been mentioned that check out with information that was given to MOMS last week regarding Recon’s football intentions pre-Villa (more of that in a forthcoming article).
The main news this weekend was about the first major decision that Xia needs to absolutely get right to kick-start his plans for the club, the appointment of the new Aston Villa manager.
In a television interview, Xia claimed there is a manager who has been offered the job, but he will wait a week to make the actual announcement, which seems to suggest the ‘fit and proper’ ownership tests should be completed by then.
In a Mail on Sunday interview with Xia, the journalist wrote: ‘Xia says he has offered the manager’s job to one of three candidates in the public domain but won’t confirm which of Roberto Di Matteo, Nigel Pearson or David Moyes it is.’
Considering the fact David Moyes worked with former Everton CEO Keith Wyness at the Merseyside club, he certainly remains in the picture for the Villa job. Many had expected him to be in contention for the Celtic job, which Brendan Rodgers ended up with. Celtic Park certainly seemed a more likely destination for the ex-Everton boss before Wryness and Xia were attached to Villa.
It is reasonable to say, it is a genuine three-horse race now for the Villa job and not the straight shoot-out between Di Matteo and Pearson, it was thought to be.
Xia also went on to say, when the manager takes up the post, he will have between £20m and £50m available for transfers and overhaul of the team.
What a difference the next week could make in firing up Aston Villa to begin the first steps in what hopefully will be a successful new dawn for the club.