Aston Villa owner Tony Xia breaks Twitter silence as club battles cash crisis
Villa owner Tony Xia has broken his Twitter silence to thank fans for their support as he battles a financial meltdown at the club.
Failure to win promotion to the Premier League has triggered a cash crisis at Villa Park, with the club this week threatened with a winding-up order by HMRC after failing to make a tax payment.
Chief executive Keith Wyness has also been suspended after clashing with Xia over how to sort out the mess.
Xia is understood to have secured a loan in order to stave off the immediate threat of administration.
Addressing supporters on Twitter for the first time since news of the winding-up order broke on Tuesday, he wrote: “It has been very difficult 2weeks as I hinted earlier I was almost heartbroken by something.
“Tried my best to keep beloved AV move forward. Thanks for all ppl standing together going through the difficult time.
“It was all supporters’ encouraging words to keep me/us stronger.”
The statement is unlikely to satisfy supporters who have demanded more information on how the owner plans to plot a course through the crisis.
On Wednesday night, the Aston Villa Supporters’ Trust called on the club to provide a “meaningful update” on the current situation.