Aston Villa fire Roberto Di Matteo after poor start
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.