Aston Villa sack Roberto Di Matteo and target Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce could become next Aston Villa manager after Midlands club sack Di Matteo
October 3rd, 2016
Roberto Di Matteo just about made it to October before Aston Villa decided to sack someone who had overseen just one league victory all term.
Dr Tony Xie had grown impatient of the team’s poor results and Steve Bruce is now favourite to replace the Italian, with the former Birmingham manager apparently open to a stint at Villa Park.
“Aston Villa Football Club has today parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo,” read a statement.
“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.”
In addition to Bruce, Sam Allardyce has been linked to the now-vacant post although it might be too early for the former England manager to return to management.
Steve Clarke is in temporary charge of the Villans who don’t play again for a fortnight, with David Wagner of Huddersfield Town another manager linked with the role.