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Villa owner Tony Xia confident of passing fit and proper test

Published 25/05/2016

Dr Tony Jiantong Xia sees no reason why his takeover at Villa Park should not go through
Dr Tony Jiantong Xia sees no reason why his takeover at Villa Park should not go through

New Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is confident he will pass the Premier League and Football League's fit and proper person test.

The Chinese businessman, 39, this week bought Villa from American Randy Lerner, who had been looking to sell since 2014.

Xia needs to pass the customary test in order for his takeover of the club to be completed.

Investigations into Xia's conglomerate, Recon Group, are being carried out jointly by the Premier League and Football League as Villa, relegated from the top flight this season, do not officially become a Sky Bet Championship club until June.

Xia does not foresee any problems and told the Telegraph: " I think there is no way, and not any excuse, that they should turn me down because I am a person who is doing everything legally.

"I am enthusiastic for the club and I will devote myself to it and I am responsible to take it over.

"There is no reason they will disapprove of that."

Keith Wyness, Chris Samuelson and Jamie Banfill, who are all expected to form part of the new board at Villa, will also need to pass the owners and directors' test so it is unknown how long it may be before Xia's takeover can be finalised.

One issue that may be resolved before the purchase of the club is completed is the identity of the new manager with former West Brom and Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo Xia's preferred choice, although ex-Leicester manager Nigel Pearson also remains an option.

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