Tuesday 21 February 2017

Di Matteo set for Villa hot-seat

Published 03/06/2016 | 02:30

Roberto Di Matteo. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Roberto Di Matteo. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Aston Villa are expected to confirm the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo as their new manager today.

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Di Matteo, who guided Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012, is likely to be assisted by his former Stamford Bridge team-mate Steve Clarke.

The 45-year-old has always been the number one choice for prospective new owner Dr Tony Xia. David Moyes and Nigel Pearson, himself appointed Derby manager yesterday, were also linked to the job at Villa Park but it is thought Di Matteo's achievements at Chelsea were most appealing to Xia as he looks to build Villa's profile in the Far East.

In a busy day in the Championship, Owen Coyle was named new Blackburn boss.

Irish Independent

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