Aston Villa co-chairman Dr Tony Xia has taken to Twitter to deliver a cryptic message regarding the West Midlands club.
The Chinese businessmen had to relinquish full control of Villa this summer after they lost the play-off final to Fulham in May.
That saw the club suffer serious financial problems, with HMRC serving Villa with a winding up order at one point.
No matter what happened????, you cannot disappear from my world. ❤️
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) September 18, 2018
With Xia experiencing major cash flow problems, he had little choice but to seek outside investment to help keep the club afloat and avoid administration.
That came in the form of billionaire pair Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris, who have given the club a much more stable platform off the pitch.
As well as that, they’ve backed manager Steve Bruce, with new signings Tammy Abraham, Anwar El-Ghazi and Yannick Bolasie out of Villa’s price range until the new investment came in.
This has reduced Xia’s role at the club and he had been unusually quiet on social media in recent months.
However, he sent a message earlier today that had fans talking, with some wondering whether it meant he was ready to sell up completely.
Here’s how they reacted to his update…
Disappointed @Dr_TonyXia gets some abuse from fans. Yes it didn’t end ideally but he clearly loves #avfc, like we all do and it’s worth reflecting on where we might be without him and the vast personal sums he put in.
— Mr Thompson (@mrthompson81) September 18, 2018
One of the greatest things you achieved whilst at the Villa was your open, honest and passionate communication in respect the club, keeping fans informed. I do hope that this will continue in the future. Up the Villa.
— Jonathan Parker (@Cagliari_Villa) September 18, 2018
— Tom King (@thomasavfc12) September 18, 2018
Sold his stake…Definatley
— Alun Foulkes (@AlunFoulkes) September 18, 2018
You should have sacked Bruce before leaving and then the fans would have always been thankful to you?
— Steffan Jarvis (@SteffJarv) September 18, 2018
This a goodbye?
— Mark Patton (@MarkPatton7) September 18, 2018
Think he means he has sold his remaining shares in the villa but he will still support the club .
— jonathan duggan (@jonnybear85) September 18, 2018