Aston Villa has confirmed former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo as their new manager. Villa have been without a permanent manager since Remi Garde left the club in March, with Eric Black completing the season in caretaker charge of the team. The 46-year-old Italian won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 but has not managed in the second tier of English football since 2009-10, when he won promotion for West Brom. A statement on the clubs website says “ASTON VILLA FOOTBALL CLUB is pleased to announce the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo as our new manager. ALSO READ: Warriors Defeat Cavaliers To Take Vital 1-0 Series Lead The 46-year-old joins the Club following previous spells as manager of Milton Keynes Dons, West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea and Bundesliga side Schalke 04. He successfully guided West Bromwich Albion to promotion to the Premier League in 2010 and led Chelsea to an FA Cup Final triumph and the highest accolade in club football – the Champions League title in 2012. Roberto said: “It’s a wonderful honour for me to become manager of this great football club and I’m looking forward to the challenge of taking Aston Villa back to its rightful place.”
Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is set to be confirmed as the new coach of Aston Villa. The former Chelsea boss, who stepped down at Schalke a year ago after a seven-month spell at the German club, is understood to have been at the top of Villa’s wish-list ever since the takeover, with their new owner looking to make a marquee appointment to replace Remi Garde. Di Matteo led Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012, stepping up from his role as assistant to Andre Villas-Boas, only to leave six months later following a 3-0 Champions League defeat by Juventus. ALSO READ: Rooney Excited To Work With Mourinho The club have been in talks with the Italian and he is close to becoming their fourth manager in just over 16 months. There are still minor issues to resolve and the deal has not been finalised, but Di Matteo is expected to be the man to try to guide Villa back into the Premier League. Di Matteo, who won the Champions league as Chelsea manager in 2012, has been out of working since leaving Schalke last summer. Nigel Pearson was also in the frame but his decision to join Derby County last month cleared the way for Di Matteo, the choice of prospective new owner Tony Xia.