Aston Villa have just sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo after the relegated club made a poor start to the season and were beaten 2-0 at Preston on Saturday after they managed to get a last minute equalizer against us the previous weekend.
There were rumors over the weekend that Chinese owner Dr. Tony Xia would take that action and certainly the new owner seems to be very impatient since Roberto was in the job just over 17 weeks.
Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Roberto Di Matteo and Rafa Benitez at Villa Park just over a week ago
An Aston Villa club statement read as follows:
“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.”
“Steve Clarke will take over as caretaker manager during the search for a new manager. “There will be no further comment from the club.” Newcastle drew 1-1 with Villa at Villa Park nine days ago.
Steve Clark was assistant manager to Ruud Gullit at Newcastle back in 1998 and was formerly the manager of West Brom.
Villa were in an awful mess this summer so they haven’t given their new manager Roberto much time to fix things at Villa Park have they?
This leaves Rafa Benitez as the only Champions League winning manager in the Championship.
But Rafa has also won the Europa League twice – once with Valencia and once with Liverpool – after he famously won the European top prize with Liverpool in 2005 against AC Milan in that classic when they were 3-0 down at half time.
That was Rafa’s first season with Liverpool and his teams never give up, as we found out last Wednesday night.
So will Villa now try to sign Sam Allardyce or will it be Geordie Steve Bruce?
Both are available and both have experience getting teams promoted from the Championship.