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Friday 21 July 2017

Steve Clarke named as Roberto Di Matteo's Villa assistant

Steve Clarke is Aston Villa's new assistant manager
Steve Clarke is Aston Villa's new assistant manager

New Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed his backroom team with Steve Clarke arriving as his assistant.

Clarke, sacked as Reading boss in December, has extensive experience in the game. He managed West Brom and worked as a number two with Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham and Liverpool.

Kevin Bond, formerly of Tottenham, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Southampton, Bournemouth and QPR, is Villa's new first-team coach.

And the club announced Italian Massimo Battara has arrived as goalkeeping coach after spells at Napoli, Fiorentina, Inter Milan, Manchester City and Schalke, with compatriot Massimiliano Marchesi the new fitness coach.

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