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Roberto Di Matteo sacked by Aston Villa after disastrous start to the season

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tom-fiUnder pressure Di Matteo was the subject of crisis talks on Sunday and the club acted first thing on Monday with them 19th in the Championship

Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked by Aston Villa.

Villa chairman Tony Xia has decided to axe Di Matteo in the wake of their defeat at Preston on Saturday.

It comes after a disastrous start to the season and Di Matteo held talks with the Villa chief on Sunday as they negotiated his exit from the club just four months since taking charge.

The club confirmed the news in a short statement on Monday morning,

Di Matteo, 46, has managed just one win in 11 games which has left Villa in relegation trouble in the Championship.

They hired him and backed him with £50m in the transfer market – including £12m strike Ross McCormack – in the hope of getting straight back into the Premier League.

But it has not worked like that and ex-Chelsea and West Brom boss Di Matteo has been left to pay the ultimate price.

Villa are drawing up a shortlist of replacements which includes Bristol City boss Lee Johnson and Huddersfield’s David Wagner who has made an impressive start to the Championship campaign.

Steve Bruce, despite being a former Birmingham manager, is understood to be keen but Villa will be concerned about whether he would be accepted by the fans.

Alex McLeish managed Villa after being in charge at Birmingham and he failed to win over Villa faithful.

Villa clearly feel they may able to lure both Johnson and Wagner from Championship rivals given the size of the club and their ambitions.

Di Matteo knows he may now struggle to get another top job as Villa has not worked despite them backing him heavily.


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