By Adebayo Williams
Aston Villa have sacked coach Roberto Di Matteo after just 12 matches in charge. The former Chelsea tactician was relieved of his duties after the club’s embarrassing 2-0 loss to Preston.
“Aston Villa Football Club has today parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo,” a statement read.
“The club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has 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.”
Di Matteo won only one of his 11 Championship matches and lost to fourth tier club Luton to crash out of the League Cup. The 46-year-old leaves with Villa languishing just two points above the relegation zone in 19th place after a nine-match winless run.
Steve Clarke will take over as Villa’s caretaker manager while the club begin their search for a replacement during the international break. Former Hull boss Steve Bruce, Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy and Brentford chief Dean Smith are believed to be in the race to replace the former Schalke 04 boss.