The Telegraph have run an article which seems to indicate at first glance that Roberto Di Matteo is definitely Dr Xia’s favoured choice as our next manager.
Here’s his wording, as quoted;
“That is maybe the reason that a lot of people say that I am favouring Di Matteo” he said.
But again I find his comment a bit cryptic and while it’s a clever answer (I definitely think Xia’s a very intelligent bloke), I don’t find that line at all convincing and strongly suspect it’s a smokescreen.
Certainly, it makes no sense for Xia to talk openly about his choice of manager before he’s actually got him in the bag.
What if he decides to knock us back, just as Moyes has supposedly done and Pearson is about to do, if you believe the reports, for instance?
It’d only make the club look bigger mugs than we already do.
I still think it’s Pearson myself.
And the thought that I’ve just read an article where Di Matteo was (accidentally? I don’t know) called “Dim Matteo”, isn’t lost on me.
If we do hire him and he’s seen to be failing, I can see that one sticking.
The overwhelming immediate problem though, is if Holis favours Pearson and Xia favours Di Matteo, who’s going to actually make the choice, given that Xia won’t officially own the club until the deal has been approved?
I’m led to believe that the PL will do due diligence first, followed by the FL when that’s finished, but surely they’ll both be working on this at the same time?
Common sense says you would hope so and they’re working in collaboration, to make the process even more thorough.
But no doubt that would be far too simple.
Waiting another month won’t do us much good and we need a manager in quickly, to cast an eye over the miserable bunch we have representing us.
Earlier in the article, Xia talks about the scouting staff.
Here’s his words again;
“I think a lot of Villa fans will agree that one thing we have to make much stronger is the scouting team,” he said.
“I think, more or less, the scouting team they had before, they have to take a lot of responsibility.”
Again it’s a clever answer and note the “more or less”.
It seems that this comment has led many to believe that Riley will get the bullet, something that would please many fans, myself included.
But I don’t see anything there that convinces me that Riley will automatically be sacked at all.
Holis hasn’t got rid of him, after all, has he? But perhaps that’s down to Lerner protecting him until the sale gets the PL and FL clearance.
I have to say doubt about Xia’s finances is beginning to be overtaken by the lack of a manager coming in, in my mind.
It needs sorting.