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Game #5358

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Attendance: 17,696



19th (-2)

Preston North End

Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ


Villa's awful start to life outside the top flight continues as their winless run stretches to nine with defeat at Preston. Unlike previous regimes however the reaction of the owner is swift and Roberto Di Matteo is sacked just twelve games in to his hopeless tenure.

Preston North End


Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None


Jonathan Kodjia can't find the scoring touch as Villa fall to Preston and Di Matteo goes, 1 October 2016



๐Ÿฅ… | 5โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Preston North End), Ben Pearson
๐Ÿฅ… | 39โ€™ Goal, 0-2, (Preston North End), Jordan Hugill
๐ŸŸจ | 42โ€™ Booking, Alan Hutton
๐ŸŸจ | 44โ€™ Booking, Ashley Westwood
๐ŸŸจ | 45โ€™ Booking, Mile Jedinak
๐Ÿ•’ | HT Preston North End 2-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Jack Grealish, Sub on, Ross McCormack
๐Ÿ” | 46โ€™ Sub off, Ashley Westwood, Sub on, Rudy Gestede
๐Ÿ” | 81โ€™ Sub off, Aly Cissokho, Sub on, Jordan Amavi
๐ŸŸจ | 85โ€™ Booking, Jordan Amavi
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Preston North End 2-0 Aston Villa


One win in eleven league games, five games with concessions after 85', three losses, seven draws and the earliest League Cup exit in the club's history.

Roberto Di Matteo looked a dead man walking almost as soon as he came through the door.

An underwhelming appointment with more than a whiff of Champions League glamour hiding a fundamentally weak approach Di Matteo never looked like he was the man to turn Villa around after a half decade of incompetence.

In truth Di Matteo was not bold enough, too many of the abject 2015-16 squad remained and continued to play and influence the dressing room. Some of that was beyond Di Matteoโ€™s control as even the most celebrated of managers would have struggled with the deadwood drifting around Villa Park however with money spent, results were limited and recruitment was questionable in the extreme.

For every Jonathan Kodjia - although yet to spark under Di Matteo - James Chester and Tommy Elphick there was a Ross McCormack or even more bewilderingly an Aaron Tshibola.

Di Matteo simply seemed out of his depth in every department and so it proved.

Former Villa midfielder Daniel Johnson and former Villa centre forward Callum Robinson lined up for Preston.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Preston North End

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: โŒ
Last Trophy: 1937โ€“38


Previous 5 vs. Preston: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ


Season | 2016-17 |
Matchday | #12 |
League Game | #11 |
Manager Game | #12 |
Saturday, 1 October 2016


Manager: Roberto Di Matteo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น | Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 2016
Referee: Peter Bankes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 2014-
Kick off: 3.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Score: ๐ŸŸฅ 0-2
FT Result: ๐ŸŸฅ Lost
Last 5: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฅ


Referee: Peter Bankes | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Liverpool, 2014-
Previous 5:
Last Match: None
Incidents: ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Daniel Leach, Tim Wood



๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Preston North End

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ


Pierluigi Gollini drops out and Roberto Di Matteo recalls Mark Bunn for his first league start of the campaign.

Leandro Bacuna (suspension) and Aaron Tshibola also drop out with Ashley Westwood and Alan Hutton returning.


Starting XI Average Age: | 28.20 |
Oldest Player: M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | 32.18 |
Youngest Player: M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 21.07 |


Roberto Di Matteo | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น |


Simon Grayson (ex) | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Aston Villa

GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
LB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ๐Ÿ” |
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ |
CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ |

Preston North End

GK Chris Maxwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
LB Greg Cunningham | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Bailey Wright | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Alex Baptiste | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Tom Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Ben Pearson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | โšฝ | ๐Ÿ” |
M Daniel Johnson (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ |
M John Welsh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
W Aiden McGeady | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Callum Robinson (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |
CF Jordan Hugill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | โšฝ |


๐Ÿ” F Ross McCormack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | for M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” CF Rudy Gestede | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ | for M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” LB Jordan Amavi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | for LB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | 81โ€™ |


๐Ÿ” | CB Paul Huntington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | for W Aiden McGeady | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | 82โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | M Alan Browne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Ben Pearson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 89โ€™ |


GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Aaron Tshibola | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |


GK Anders Lindegaard | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ |
M Paul Gallagher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Ben Pringle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Simon Makienok | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Loan |
CF Eoin Doyle | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช |


1st XI Cost: ยฃ50.13m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ30.42m
Team Cost: ยฃ80.55m
Squad Cost: ยฃ86.35m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 11/18
Homegrown: 2/18


GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.49m |
GK Mark Bunn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

LB Jordan Amavi | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ9.90m |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.05m |
LB Aly Cissokho | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | ยฃ2.25m |

CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ8.37m |
CB Tommy Elphick | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.51m |
CB Nathan Baker | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
CB Micah Richards | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |

M Aaron Tshibola | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ5.31m |
M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ยฃ4.14m |
M Ashley Westwood | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.25m |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ3.15m |

F Ross McCormack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ12.87m |
CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ11.61m |
F Jordan Ayew | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ10.80m |
CF Rudy Gestede | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฏ | ยฃ7.65m |


1st XI Cost: ยฃ0.21m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 6/11
Homegrown: โญ•/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ0.00m
Team Cost: ยฃ0.21m
Squad Cost: ยฃ0.47m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 8/18
Homegrown: โญ•/18


GK Chris Maxwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Free |
GK Anders Lindegaard | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Free |

LB Greg Cunningham | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |

CB Tom Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CB Bailey Wright | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | Free |
CB Paul Huntington | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
CB Alex Baptiste | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

M Ben Pringle | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.26m |
M Ben Pearson | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.12m |
M Daniel Johnson (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ | ยฃ0.06m |
M John Welsh | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Free |
M Alan Browne | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
M Paul Gallagher | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Free |

W Aiden McGeady | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Loan |

CF Jordan Hugill | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.03m |
CF Callum Robinson (ex) | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
CF Eoin Doyle | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Free |
CF Simon Makienok | ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ | Loan |


Injury | 1 |
LB Ritchie De Laet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช |

Suspension | 1 |
M Leandro Bacuna | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ |

Out on Loan | 7 |
LB Riccardo Calder | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Doncaster
W Carles Gil | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Deportivo
CB Easah Suliman | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cheltenham
RB Niall Mason | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Doncaster
M Carlos Sรกnchez | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด | Fiorentina
M Jordan Veretout | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Saint-ร‰tienne
CB Kevin Toner | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Walsall


Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game


โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance




Possession F | 61%
Possession A | 39%
Shots F | 14
Shots A | 19
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 7
Corners F | 7
Corners A | 9
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 19


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*Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo:*

โ€œThereโ€™s a team here that is good, it will come good for us.

โ€œWe will keep working. I have faith in the team, I believe in the team and I think that, come the end of the season, they will be up there.

โ€œItโ€™s been a bad day at the office for sure. We are 10 points from sixth place so itโ€™s still all possible.

โ€œItโ€™s normal that when the results of the team arenโ€™t what you expect, the results will be questioned. Thatโ€™s part of our job.โ€
*Former Villa striker Garry Thompson*

โ€œOnce you lose the support of the travelling fans and they turn on you, youโ€™re in trouble.โ€
*Pat Murphy, BBC Radio 5 live*

โ€œAston Villa will operate from a blank sheet of paper after sacking Di Matteo.

โ€œDr Xia took sole responsibility to dismiss Di Matteo on Saturday after watching the abject 2-0 defeat at Preston on a live television feed in China.

โ€œNow the owner will draw up a defined style of playing and management structure before moving for a replacement. The international break gives him time to re-group and he will be assisted by chief executive Keith Wyness, technical director Steve Round and football consultant Brian Little.

โ€œAmong the candidates bound to be considered are Bruce, who is available, and three young, progressive managers - Huddersfieldโ€™s David Wagner, Bristol Cityโ€™s Lee Johnson and Brentfordโ€™s Smith - who is a lifelong Villa fan and used to clean the steps on the Holte End with his father.

โ€œI understand Steve McClaren is not a likely contender, nor David Moyes, who turned down Villa before joining Sunderland in the summer.

โ€œFor now, thereโ€™s no designated successor to Di Matteo.โ€

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 1 October 2016

*Goals from Ben Pearson and Jordan Hugill gave Preston victory over Aston Villa to pile further pressure on visiting manager Roberto di Matteo.*

Villa have won only one league game so far this season, despite being one of the favourites for promotion.

North End took the lead after only five minutes when Pearson fired past Mark Bunn from 12 yards.

Hugill made it 2-0 with a shot from inside the box before Villaโ€™s Ross McCormack had a penalty saved late on.

A win for Preston, in their first meeting with Villa at Deepdale in 42 years, saw the hosts extend their unbeaten run to four games and move three points clear of their opponents.

Poor defending allowed them to take the lead, as Pearson found himself clear in the area to beat Bunn.

And a mistake by midfielder Ashley Westwood saw the hosts double their advantage, with Pearson stealing the ball and feeding Hugill, who found the net with a left-footed strike.

Villa, who are now just two points above the relegation zone and 15 adrift of leaders Huddersfield, brought on two more forwards - Rudy Gestede and McCormack - at half-time and looked more threatening after the break.

Gestede should have found the net when he headed over Jordan Ayewโ€™s corner when unmarked and McCormack hit the side-netting with a free-kick.

But, when they had the perfect opportunity to reduce the deficit at the death, McCormack saw his spot-kick, awarded after Jonathan Kodjia was brought down by Bailey Wright, saved by Chris Maxwell.

*Preston manager Simon Grayson:*

โ€œMoney brings you good players, which is what Aston Villa have got.

โ€œWe have players who want to make careers in the game. They worked, pressed and made it very uncomfortable for Aston Villa.

โ€œIf that penalty had gone in at the end it would have been an unfair reflection of how the game went, we were worth a two-goal lead.

โ€œWe asked questions of Villa from start to finish. It was a good way to end the busy schedule that weโ€™ve had.โ€

*Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo:*

โ€œThereโ€™s a team here that is good, it will come good for us.

โ€œWe will keep working. I have faith in the team, I believe in the team and I think that, come the end of the season, they will be up there.

โ€œItโ€™s been a bad day at the office for sure. We are 10 points from sixth place so itโ€™s still all possible.

โ€œItโ€™s normal that when the results of the team arenโ€™t what you expect, the results will be questioned. Thatโ€™s part of our job.โ€
*BBC Sport*
Monday, 3 October 2016

*Roberto di Matteo: Aston Villa sack manager 124 days after taking charge*

Aston Villa have sacked Roberto di Matteo as manager after just 124 days in the job.

Villa are now looking for their fifth boss inside a year after deciding to replace the Italian, who won just one of 11 Championship games in charge.

Former Chelsea player and manager Di Matteo, 46, was appointed shortly after Chinese businessman Dr Tony Xia took over Villa on 2 June.

Di Matteoโ€™s assistant Steve Clarke will take over as caretaker manager.

Villaโ€™s managerial merry-go-round:

* Tim Sherwood: Feb-Oct 2015
* Kevin MacDonald (caretaker): Oct-Nov 2015
* Remi Garde: Nov 2015-March 2016
* Eric Black (caretaker): Mar-Jun 2016
* Roberto Di Matteo: Jun-Oct 2016

A club statement confirming the exit of former West Bromwich Albion boss Di Matteo said:

โ€œThe club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has the left the team occupying 19th position.

โ€œThe club would like to place on record its appreciation to Roberto for all his efforts in helping rebuild the squad.โ€

Former Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce, who still lives in the Midlands, and ex-Wolves manager Mick McCarthy are among the early favourites to replace him.

Ex-Walsall manager Dean Smith, now in charge at Brentford, has already dismissed speculation about taking charge of the club he supported as a boy.

Villa were booed off by their fans after Saturdayโ€™s 2-0 defeat at Preston - Di Matteoโ€™s final game in charge.

Former Villa striker Garry Thompson, who was the radio match summariser at Deepdale, told BBC WM:

โ€œOnce you lose the support of the travelling fans and they turn on you, youโ€™re in trouble.โ€

Di Matteo, whose major success as a manager was winning the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, also enjoyed success at Championship level when he won promotion with Albion in 2010.

He is succeeded in the short term by his Villa assistant manager Clarke, his former Chelsea team-mate, who also spent a year and a half in charge at West Brom.

Villa under Di Matteo

Since Tim Sherwood left on 25 October 2015, Villa have also had Remi Garde and caretaker boss Eric Black, for the final seven games of last season, in charge prior to Di Matteoโ€™s appointment in June.

Following his arrival, Villa signed nine players for a combined outlay of about ยฃ50m, while 17 players left, worth in the region of ยฃ16m between them.

But, since beating Rotherham United at home 3-0 on 13 August, his only win, Villa went nine games without a victory.

In five of Di Matteoโ€™s 11 league games at the helm, Villa conceded a goal after 85 minutes.

Villaโ€™s run of managers

Since Martin Oโ€™Neill quit on the eve of the season in August 2010, Villa have had six different โ€˜permanentโ€™ managers and four caretaker bosses, with Gary McAllister taking charge for a spell in 2011 while Gerard Houllier was absent because of ill health:

* Kevin MacDonald (caretaker): 9 Aug-21 Sep 2010
* Gerard Houllier/Gary McAllister: 21 Sep 2010-1 Jun 2011
* Alex McLeish: 17 Jun 2011-15 May 2012
* Paul Lambert: 2 Jun 2012-11 Feb 2015
* Scott Marshall/Andy Marshall (caretaker): 11-17 Feb 2015
* Tim Sherwood: 17 Feb-25 Oct 2015
* Kevin MacDonald (caretaker): 25 Oct-3 Nov 2015
* Remi Garde: 3 Nov 2015-30 March 2016
* Eric Black (caretaker): 30 Mar 2016-2 Jun 2016
* Roberto Di Matteo: 2 Jun-3 Oct 2016

The last 19 months in detail:
* Marshall/Marshall: 7 days, P1 W1
* Sherwood: 250 days, P28 W10 D2 L16
* MacDonald: 9 days, P2 L2
* Garde: 148 days, P23, W3, D7, L13
* Black: 65 days, P7 W0, D1 L6
* Di Matteo: 124 days, P12, W1, D7, L4