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.”
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.
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.