I’ve discussed God intervening, now for a slightly different and just as valid angle.
Just where is Xia?
There is meant to be a board meeting tomorrow and he will be nowhere to be seen. It is suggested he will be available on the phone (!) and Villa employee Rongtian He, who has become Xia’s executive assistant, will step into the breach. You can read about Rongtian and his interesting story here in the Brum Mail
The Birmingham Mail says of the meeting; Xia has called a board meeting for tomorrow which will take place in London. He won’t be there, as he remains in China, but technical director Steve Round, chief commercial officer Luke Organ, director Tracy Gu and executive assistant Rongtian He will be, while the chairman joins in via a conference call.
This tweet suggests it might just have been ever so slightly important that the owner is at the club leading.
So Villa are having a ‘crunch summit’ to deal with the worst crisis in the last 50 years, but the chairman and manager won’t be there. You couldn’t make that shit up. #avfc
— AndyK2 ???????????? (@AndyVilla80) June 10, 2018
A good man and Villa fan through and through, Bozzy, agrees:
The only thing that would excuse him not being there is if he is managing an even bigger crisis elsewhere, in which case the guy’s “empire ” is falling apart quicker than a derby promotion push…
— Bozzy (@bozzystuff) June 10, 2018
I understand in this modern world where communication is simpler than ever, you don’t have to be at every meeting and can do things via conference calls, but this is a crisis meeting, this is about finding a way forward for our club.
I found Xia’s tweet after two weeks whingy and silly. A few stuck up for him, I certainly didn’t.
We are talking about one of the most storied clubs in the world, your heartbreak is your business,Aston Villa is OUR business. You appear to be passing the buck. Not interested. You are in charge, you are responsible for our most precious AVFC. You now need to do the right thing
— Vital Villa (@VitalVilla) June 7, 2018
I know it looks harsh, but instead of going silent, then slowly pointing the finger of blame elsewhere, he should have been over here and leading the line, assuring staff and communicating properly (when proper communication was possible) with the lifeblood of this club, us fans. Instead, he was back to China and silent.
That, ladies and gentlemen of the claret and blue persuasion, is not a leader, a Villan or a businessman.
A worrying take on it from Supa China News… not saying it is any more accurate than any other of the reports flying around, but it is an interesting read.
Aston Villa has been pushed to the brink of financial ruin under its enigmatic Chinese boss, Tony Xia, who bought the club two years ago. How much longer will @AVFCOfficial fans put up with the mismanagement and unanswered questions? https://t.co/TWgI2hDWIQ by @DreyerChina
— SupChina (@supchinanews) June 9, 2018
Oh and my take on this troubling situation:
I’m off for an op on my kidney stones tomorrow, I bet that will be less painful than seeing what is going on at Aston Villa.