Former Chelsea’ Manager Roberto Di Matteo sacked by Aston Villa

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Roberto Di Matteo has been officially sacked by Aston Villa after a nightmare start to their first season in the Championship.

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The former Chelsea and Schalke boss signed a two-year deal in the summer and was tasked with guiding the Villans back to the top flight of English football in that time.

However, after a nightmare start that sees Villa lying in 19th place, Di Matteo has been relieved of his duties by Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia.

Xia’s patience was tested by a run of awful results and he needed an impressive display against Preston on Saturday to save his job.

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But his team put in their worst display of the season and the Italian has now been shown the door.

A statement on the club’s official website read: ‘Aston Villa Football Club has today parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo.

‘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.

Late goals conceded by Villa in 2016/17

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90’ – Sam Winnall (Barnsley)

88’ – John Egan (Brentford)

87’ – Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest)

86’ – Michael Hefele (Huddersfield)

85’ – Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday)

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

‘There will be no further comment from the Club.’

Aston Villa summer signings

£12m – Ross McCormack (Fulham)

£11m – Jonathan Kodjia (Bristol)

£8m – James Chester (West Brom)

£5m – Aaron Tshibola (Reading)

£4.25m – Pierluigi Gollini (Hellas Verona)

£4m – Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace)

£3m – Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth)

£2m – Ritchie De Laet (Leicester)

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Undisclosed – Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough)

Villa have won only one match of 12 this season, including a humiliating EFL Cup exit at the hands of Luton Town.

This comes after the club spent more than £50million on new players over the summer, with new owner Dr Xia being very generous in the transfer market.

But it’s just not happened for Villa and they will begin their search for a new manager.

Steve Bruce, David Wagner and Lee Johnson are believed to be the early favourites.

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