Di Matteo sacked; manager search on again for Villians

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Aston Villa sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo Monday after just 12 games in charge.

Aston Villa are now looking for their fifth boss inside a year as the manager merry-go-round continues for the Midlands club.

Di Matteo had only recorded one win in 12 matches this season, but there was hope that he could turn things around. He wasn’t given that chance and was notified of his termination late on Sunday night.

A club statement confirming the exit of former Chelsea boss Di Matteo said: “The club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has the left the team occupying 19th position.

“The club would like to place on record its appreciation to Roberto for all his efforts in helping rebuild the squad.”

Steve Bruce and ex Wolverhampton Wolves manager Mick McCarthy have been touted as possible replacements.

Di Matteo still felt that the players that Aston Villa have can still guide them to promotion back to the Premier League.

“I have seen enough over the opening games of the season to suggest that the team we built will start converting draws into wins and climb the table.”

“I am sure that the work we have done over the past four months will contribute to seeing Villa back in the Premier League in the near future.”

For the meantime, Di Matteo’s number 2 Steve Clarke will take over managerial duties and takes charge of Villa’s home clash against Midland rivals Wolves on Saturday evening.


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