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Aston Villa Confirm The Sacking Of Manager Roberto Di Matteo

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16: Roberto Di Matteo, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town at Villa Park on August 16, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Aston Villa have this morning confirmed that they have parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo.

The move to fire Di Matteo comes in the wake of the side’s 2-0 defeat to Preston North end t the  weekend – to make in no wins from nine (or one from eleven if you prefer) Championship games since taking over.

A statement on the club’s website read:

“The Club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has the left the team occupying 19th position in the Championship.

“The Club would like to place on record its appreciation to Roberto for all his efforts in helping rebuild the squad and wish him well for the future.

“Steve Clarke will take over as caretaker manager during the search for a new manager.

“There will be no further comment from the Club.”

PRESTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01:  Roberto Di Matteo manager of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Aston Villa at Deepdale on October 01, 2016 in Preston, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

Di Matteo arrives at Villa park just 124 days ago to a wave of optimism following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season.

Despite spending over £50m in the summer on the likes of Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester, the side has not adapted well to their new Championship surroundings and the 3-0 victory against Rotherham in August was the only high point in an otherwise poor reign from the Italian.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Jordan Ayew of Aston Villa and Andreas Bjelland of Brentford in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford at Villa Park on September 13, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Attention will now turn to finding a successor to Di Matteo, with Steve Clarke, Steve McClaren, Lee Johnson and recently deposed England manager Sam Allardyce among the early frontrunners. However, Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia is reportedly an admirer of Huddersfield manager David Wagner.

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