As­ton Villa fire Roberto Di Mat­teo af­ter poor start

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

As­ton Villa has fired man­ager Roberto Di Mat­teo fol­low­ing the team’s dire start in its bid to make an in­stant re­turn to the Premier League.

The Ital­ian, who won the Cham­pi­ons League with Chelsea in 2012, has been dis­missed by sec­ond-tier club Villa af­ter only a few months in charge.

He was hired in June. Villa says it “de­cided to act fol­low­ing a run of dis­ap­point­ing re­sults.” Villa, Euro­pean cham­pion in 1982, is 19th in the 24-team League Cham­pi­onship and two points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone with only one win from its open­ing 11 games.

The club spent about £50 mil­lion fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion to en­hance its chances of pro­mo­tion.

Among those men­tioned to take over is for­mer Manch­ester United and Wales winger Ryan Giggs.

Oth­ers in­clude for­mer Hull City man­ager Steve Bruce who is cur­rently favourite with the book­mak­ers.

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