English Premier League side, Aston Villa sacks Roberto Di Matteo.
Villa who are presently 19th in the Championship race sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo after just 12 matches this season.
They lost 2-0 on Saturday at Preston despite a summer of spending under new owner Dr. Tony Xia following relegation.
Di Matteo was brought in as the permanent successor to Remi Garde.
Sadly, Italian’s time at Villa is over after just four months. Steve Clarke will take charge of the team until a new manager is appointed.
A statement confirming Di Matteo’s sack was released by the club saying:
“Aston Villa Football Club has today parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo.
“The Club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has the 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.”
Villa Sacks Roberto Di Matteo Over Poor Performance
Villa’s owner, Dr. Xia also posted his reaction on Twitter, saying:
“A difficult decision for the board. But rather sooner than later we’d make the decision.
“All need learn [sic] and not repeat mistakes again and again.”
Twice, coach Di Matteo broke the Championship record for a transfer fee in the summer window.
He brought in Ross McCormack for an initial £12m and then paid Bristol City £15m for Jonathan Kodjia.
The two forwards have scored a combined total of just three goals.
Villa – among the pre-season favourites for promotion – have drawn seven of their 11 Championship games.
Just last weekend, Di Matteo claimed to have the club’s backing, saying:
“It’s normal when results are not as expected that everybody questions – it’s part of the job – but I’ve had total support from the club.”
However, sources say Di Matteo was told of his sacking by chief executive Keith Wyness in the hours after the Preston game.
Di Matteo reportedly then spent the rest of Sunday was reaching an agreement on compensation with the board.