As per Alan Nixon in the Sun this morning, our potential new owners hailing from China are set to make Tony Pulis our new manager.
Tony certainly fits the "British, Premier League and Championship promotion experience" criteria, having achieved promotion with Stoke back in 2008 after narrowly missing out on the playoffs the previous year, and then establishing them as totally uninteresting but very much a fixture in England's first division. He then went on to repeat this mundanity at what appeared to be a doomed Crystal Palace and then West Brom, where he is currently boring fans to death.
Famous for his somewhat uninteresting football, Mr Pulis would not necessarily be the most popular appointment, despite his solid track-record, likened by some fans to another former rival manager who made the jump across to the Villans
Pulis may be available from West Brom for a relatively low price however, as despite his success in keeping them from relegation there is believed to be friction between him and the Baggies head honcho Jeremy Peace due to his strange activity in the transfer market concerning Saido Berahino.
Whilst certainly not the most popular choice to take over at Villa Park, Pulis is a proven and shrewd operator and as such the appeal is clear to see for potential new owners, especially those unfamiliar with the tribal nature of the english game. On paper, the former Happy Valley (of Hong Kong) player looks to be an outstanding candidate. Let's hope they tune in to West Brom's game today so they understand quite what they're letting themselves in for.