AVFC director of football Steve Round was sacked this week by Tony Xia as the embattled owner seeks to reshape the senior management team at the club. Round’s departure was not unexpected but adds further fuel to the fire that Xia is not looking to sell the club any time soon.
On May 18, 2016 a little known Chinese businessman by the name of Tony Xia bought Aston Villa FC. Catapulted into a blaze of publicity, Xia was feted by fans of Aston Villa as the saviour from the evil clutches of Randy Lerner. However, there were people who were sceptical that the Beijing resident had the funds or the ability to run an English football club.