When Doctor Tony Xia purchased Aston Villa from Randy Lerner for a reported £76million in June 2016 he gave Villa supporters some much needed new found hope.
He promised to return the club to where they belong, the Premier League and change the whole face of a club that had forgotten the fans and its heritage.
The Chinese businessman has been at the club for a little over a year now and he has made some improvements at the club for the better.
His openness on his official Twitter page is welcomed by the majority of Aston Villa supporters. Xia has brought in a team to work along side him who understand what the club and fans need – from the outside anyway.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) September 9, 2017
A new ticketing system has been installed and although it has had its problems, I believe it will be a success over time. He has backed his managers financially to rebuild the team to enable us a swift return to the big team.
The introduction of the Fans Consultation Group has enabled supporter clubs and fan sites to express their worries of the fans to club officials. I could go on.
The problem with all these positives is that it will stand for nothing if it doesn’t work on the football pitch. All the positives are often forgotten at football clubs all around the world if it isn’t working on a match day.
I am 31 years old and have never experienced major success as a Villa fan but the feeling I had of believing we could beat anyone when Martin O’Neill was in charge is something I miss desperately.
The sad thing about it all is the football is more of an inconvenience on a football day out with your friends and family. Crowds are dropping as many predicted with just over 29,000 at Villa Park yesterday.
Xia has a big decision to make and it could ultimately dictate his reign as owner of our once famous football club.
Should Xia sack Bruce or back him?
Most fans are discussing when Bruce will get his marching orders not if. Then there is the question of who replaces him? Plenty of supporters on fan forums and social media have their own views but no-one knows what the answer is.
I will hold my hand up and admit that I thought Paul Lambert would be a good appointment and he would return us to better times. I was wrong.
I believed that there was no other option to Steve Bruce when asked who would take us back to the promise land. It is looking increasingly like I am wrong again.
I don’t know the answers and have no opinions anymore. I simply don’t know so I dread to think what Dr. Xia and his team are thinking right now.
One thing is for sure – he needs to back Bruce or move him on and quickly before it is too late and this decision could ultimately make him or break him in the eyes of Aston Villa supporters.