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Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo sacked after club's dismal run

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 3 October 2016, 16:21 IST

Aston Villa, on 3 October, have let go manager Roberto Di Matteo after only 12 games, following the team's dismal performance in the Championship - placed 19 in the tally.

Steve Clarke will take over as care taker manager, while Steve Bruce and David Wagner, the managers of Huddersfield Town are expected to be the next managers.

"Aston Villa Football Club has today parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo," read a statement, reported by The Guardian.

"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."

Out of all the Villa manager's, Di Matteo's reign will be counted as the shortest reign of any manager in the club's history. The former Chelsea manager made nine signings in the summer, including spending £12m on Ross McCormack and £15m on Jonathan Kodjia.

Di Matteo has also paid the price for Villa dropping 11 points in the final five minutes of games, when they have conceded five goals.

Xia tweeted after the decision was announced: "A difficult decision 4 the board. But rather sooner than later we'd make the decision. All need learn¬ repeat mistakes again&again."

First published: 3 October 2016, 16:21 IST