Aston Villa Sack Roberto Di Matteo


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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127 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Last repost:
    Ed,
    On your interesting previous article, we aren’t the come back kings yet, hope we become that but you can’t use a game to justify a new culture.
    We broke the PL record by coming back from 4-0 down, that wasn’t followed up on other occasions.
    In any case, such results are freak results, albeit confidence is needed to pull them off and not give up, but 9 out of 10 they don’t happen too often.

    On the City game you use as an example, it’s our typical good half bad half characteristic (as is good game bad game). We are improving on that, but it still happens. In that particular game, it’s hard to justify 6 conceded, but let me give it a shot to defend the indefensible ? Really, we were 2 up, a perfectly good goal was disallowed. That’s not my opinion, video showed it. So we would’ve maybe gone into the break at 2 up, a different prospect. Also, top players like Aguero and DeBruyne were absolutely on fire. Everything they tried (see wonder goals), worked. That doesn’t happen every day.

    Rafa is instilling a winning mentality and we’ll need that. But he’ll be the first to admit we still need work. The odd collapse is lurking, see Wolves

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  • lesh

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Jeez, Ed’s buses are coming at some speed – his keyboard must be ready for replacement soon!

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  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    On this, yes, expected. The Villa project still in disarray.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Three reports Cyprus??

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Sunderland captain John O’Shea says the club are not in crisis despite their latest draw against West Brom. The Black Cats have not won a Premier League game since May. (Telegraph)

    Perhaps Moyes is then man for Villa then, and the Mackens can sign MacLaren as he lives not too far away and it’s an easy commute

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Quite right. Unless they’ve got a duff squad, which they haven’t, then 12 games is plenty. This idea that managers need time is a monumental furphy. De Matteo was backed with the money and the brief to take them straight back up, and in reality was more likely to take them down.

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  • WorJordi

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    I reckon our country cousins will regret their big fly past after we were relegated
    Goes round comes round eh?
    They are going to struggle this season and unless Moyes comes up with a miracle they could be passing us as we go up
    Lets hope so
    HWTL

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  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Jail,
    Sorry, didn’t understand mate

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Jimmy,
    Are you the poster formerly known as just Jimmysmith

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Cyprus,
    When there are so few posters on, I’d say that every post on every thread gets read, there isn’t any need to repost a comment three times.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    hahaha, yes of course. You’re allowed a nickname and username I discovered. “Jimmy Smith” the name, “Jimmy…….Jimmy……..Jimmysmith,” the immortal Gallowgate End terrace chant.

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  • Ian Toon

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Jail- Are you leaving?

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  • BandB

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    There are comments sections all over the internet.
    The people who leave comments on them are just people who leave comments on the internet.
    I don’t know another one anywhere where people claim to read because they are a huge fan of another person who comments in the same place, and that they eagerly read get their daily digest of news and opinion from that sage person who comments on a comments section.
    It just doesn’t happen. It doesn’t even happen on this comment section. Except in a couple of remarkably unlikely instances.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Cyprus,
    Saying that the Man City result wasn’t a one off, McCardew’s teams took more 5+ hidings between them than all of our PL managers combined.

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  • clinath@ed

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    BandB @ 13…..that made my eyes hurt

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    BandB…I get it all the time tbf.

    In fact, I’m fairly certain all comment sections on the internet are only there in case I feel the need to pass comment so the masses can soak it up.

    It’s a lot of responsibility.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17

    I wonder if that’s why Benitez got rid of Krul, a 5+ hiding should live with you forever but Krul was so used to them it was the norm.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Ian Toon – you need to stop your blog mischief – like you tried to start again earlier this morning.
    Someone just happened to mention to you an old post about me – well what a coincidence. Yer right Buster.
    You just made that up didn’t you -as a means to introduce more of your mischief.
    You and your cronies are spoiling the blog – give it a rest man.

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  • magscar

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    Bandb

    Quite right. The nearest I can get to some poster reading a blog just for one player’s contribution though is a recent comment by an infrequent poster “Old git 1” but he only refers to Jib being one of his favourites so perhaps doesn’t count.

    Have to say that whilst Jib isn’t one of my favourites or my goto for info on here I thought Okdgit1 wasn’t unreasonable in his remarks otherwise. Perhaps he is just part of the multiples but I suspect he is just someone that gets his fix for NUFC on here and gets irritated at the slanging matches that some indulge themselves in instead of posting views on other than other posters most of the time.

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  • Jib

    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Yedlin has the chance to partake in a piece of sporting history on Friday in Havana.

    http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2016/10/02/16/45/161002-mnt-klinsmann-calls-23-players-for-historic-friendly-against-cuba

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    I feel for all the posters who regularly frequented the blog for their daily fix of news from yours truly. They must be devastated since I’ve been on hiatus. How ever will they survive, it would explain Ian’s infrequent blog presence, admittedly not as infrequent as the populus would like…

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  • magscar

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    I sometimes wonder if Ed has time to read the reactions on his threads why he doesn’t seek to halt all the squabbling that passes for comment. Perhaps he has enough on his plate and a post is just a score on a system that enables him to provide this vehicle for us ALL to enjoy.

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  • lochinvar

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Talking of chants……some names fit terrace chants perfectly…..in childhood days at Carlisle legendary no 9 was Hugh McIlmoyle

    ” Hughie Hughie McIlmoyle ( pause) Hughie.. McIlmoyle ” ( repeat as required )

    nearly in the same mould but just as good !

    ” Rafa Rafa..Ben-itez ( pause ) Rafa…Benitez “

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #24

    magscar,
    Am I your favourite poster 😀

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  • Jib

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #25

    It is the 70th anniversary this Wednesday the 5th October of Len Shackleton’s debut for NUFC.

    We beat Newport County 13 – 0 that day
    Shack scored 6 goals including the fastest hattrick in history (155 seconds).

    He cost the club princely sum of £13,000 !

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  • magscar

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #26

    Jfa

    There are too many to mention but you are one I read and digest unlike some others 🙂

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  • Spoof

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #27

    Jail

    Apart from Jib who is your favourite poster !!!!!!!!!

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Shack, bloody Mackem.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #29

    Spoof,
    It’s a toss up between welshgeordie9 and Ian Toon.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    I prefer to contemplate the narrative rather than digest the pithy observarions. Other than that, no comment.

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  • Jib

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #31

    Rafa can be forgiven for having a chuckle to himself after this weekend.

    After 7 games Zidane’s Madrid are on the same points as they were under Benitez last season.

    http://futbol.as.com/futbol/2016/10/02/primera/1475429275_434802.html

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  • BandB

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #32

    It’s remarkable how rarely people take the time to say they’ve logged in especially to thank Ed for his daily toil of at least a dozen articles a day.
    Why? Because the internet doesn’t generally work that way.
    Normally if you want a devoted admirer on the internet you have to make them up.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #33

    Actually, I take that back. An undeserving and vicious slur. He just took exception to the Newcastle Utd of his day being a modern day workhouse.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #34

    it’s hard to pass by Ian Toons posts without appreciating the gift to journalism they are. And of course the insight into the enlightened sphere he occupies. Perhaps my favourite poster of all time.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #35

    Inside information from me as per usual.

    Belfast // Sep 26, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    I don’t think he’s a very good manager

    I think it’s a toss up between him and Nigel Pearson another overrated manager for the first sacking.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Apart from last night which was a bit of a cack fest, but hey ho can’t make an omelette without cracking a few eggs.

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  • magscar

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #37

    My favourites are those who give considered opinions on matches they have attended (especially as streams aren’t as easy to come by) , insights into Rafa’s choices and why others may not figure in line up, references to matches gone by (and music!) Even though I don’t always fully subscribe to their viewpoint. There are of course other posts which catch the eye and either make you smile or consider more deeply.

    Ones I don’t like are those who display a limited vocabulary and punctuate even a few words post with expletives that are unnecessary on a Blog intended for all generations to read. Obviously those who mainly post to provoke or denigrate others instead of concentrating on giving their unique views on all things NUFC are also an irritation.

    As we are in an International break again I suppose there are more squabbles to come but I will read as usual and hope for better – if an infrequent poster can have the temerity to harbour such a wish for my amusement 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #38

    Belfast that’s why Ian Toon fawns over you. And rightly so.

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  • Tsunki

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #39

    Anyway that’s me done provoking and denigrating for a while.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #40

    Belfirst,
    Your scoop on Armstrong to Ipswich was a bit of a non starter mind. You would have had the cleanest hoop in Ireland if that had of come off.

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