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‘Give this man a contract!’ – Aston Villa fans plead with Tony Xia to seal deal



Aston Villa stormed into the automatic promotion places on Sunday afternoon with a convincing win over second city rivals Birmingham City, with Steve Bruce’s side moving ahead of Derby County in the fight for second place.

The Rams failure to win presented the Villains with the opportunity to gain the advantage, with goals from Albert Adomah and Conor Hourihane ensuring the West Midlands side’s highest league position since their relegation from the Premier League in 2016.

The win was of particular significance to manager Bruce, who had been away from the club for most of the week following the death of his father.

Another man to take great satisfaction in the win was fullback Alan Hutton, who is likely to leave the club in the summer after the club failed to offer him a new deal.

Villa shared an image of the Scotsman celebrating the win on Twitter, with fans taking to the social media site to demand the player is retained in the summer…