After the Mail on Sunday’s report, where they seemed fairly happy that Dr Tony is pretty much what he says he is after flashing that big bank certificate worth around £430 million, it seems trying to find any proper dirt on our new owner is proving fruitless.
For balance, I have to say though, that I read something elsewhere that suggested the bank certificate was a forgery (with nothing to back it up).
Hmm ok, so surely they just bung someone who works at the bank a £100 and they’d soon know the truth, wouldn’t they?
Or maybe not, if Xia is as connected as I suspect he is.
So the media have now moved onto who our next manager is going to be and I have to say this is making me laugh.
The BBC have said David Moyes has basically turned us down, which is a shame if I look at myself as an average Villa fan, as he was by far the favourite, something the recent poll on here agreed with.
But while I think he’s ok, he wouldn’t be my choice for where we are now. Maybe if we get back into the Prem, but not now.
To be honest, I don’t think he was ever in the running anyway.
And then there’s Di Matteo.
He’s talking to Lazio, so Villa have no chance.
But now he’s the favourite again, because we’re having second talks and the odds are plummeting.
Do me a favour.
So, the latest is, it comes down to Steve Bruce or Nigel Pearson; both with their own merits.
Except my opinion says that if anyone even remotely or recently connected with the club knows anything about our recent history and the fans’ perception of Big Feck, with his nose relegation link, Bruce is a total non-starter.
Regardless of Lerner’s statement that “he’d do it all again”, I’d bet he doesn’t include McLeish’s appointment in that.
Which only leaves Nigel Pearson.
Except Holis’ statement where he commented about “the mature” thinking of his proposed candidate has me confused, as it suggests someone quite young.
Don’t forget though, the hint was that the deal was basically done and it’s all about the waiting.
And wasn’t this around the time Holis was supposed to have been seen meeting Pearson in a Warwickshire pub? (I never did see the source of that one).
So it now comes down to a choice of Pearson and some young buck who we don’t know about.
After the disaster Remi Garde proved to be? I seriously doubt the latter will be the case.
Now I’m struggling, apart from Martinez or Dyche as maybe the young ones.
In other words, I’m as clueless as the media.
I’m still sticking with Pearson.
But I wonder what Louis Van Gaal is up too next?
If Tony Xia is true to his word (and I think he needs to be, if he wants to re-affirm his credibility) we’ll know who our manager is by the end of the week.
Because if this appointment drags out, the media will be all over it and any decisiveness he demonstrated in his interviews will be torn to pieces, as it seems the media want the whole thing to fail before it’s even started.
Which all wants me to see things happen and our new owner prove them wrong.
Because I think the media see our new owner as maybe a serious threat to the usual headline clubs.
If he doesn’t prove to be a Carson Yeung Mk 11, that is.
Dr Xia said he feels under pressure.
Well, here’s the first real tester, fella, is my thought.
Please don’t blow it.