There is finally some light at the end of the tunnel for Aston Villa fans, as they are slowly re-building their tarnished reputation following relegation from the Premier League.
It was important that Villa sorted matters off the field before they began to dip into the transfer market for their first season outside of the top-flight.
After the managerial appointment of Roberto Di Matteo and Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia completing the takeover, the club are now preparing to change their fortunes on the pitch after the new owner promised £35 million to spend on players this summer.
The foundations are being laid out, but it will be important for Di Matteo to begin repairing the damaged core of the squad.
The Midlands club were heavily criticised for their spineless performances from last season and it will not be easy ride for the new Championship side.
Villa need to inject back their winning mentality during the Martin O’Neil era, if they are to do well in the upcoming season.
The spine of the team is the most essential part of a football club, someone who will have the courage to lead a side to glory.
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