After he had managed only one win in 12 competitive games, most Aston Villa supporters simply shrugged their shoulders when the axe fell on Roberto Di Matteo, ending his short tenure of Villa manager after just 122 days.
Here’s the former Villa bosses’ statement originally published on the League Mangers Association site:
Roberto Di Matteo Statement
“I am deeply disappointed to be leaving Aston Villa so soon.
“My coaching staff and I have worked tirelessly to rebuild the squad and I fully expect the players we have brought in to start delivering results in the weeks and months to come. I have seen enough over the opening games of the season to suggest that the team we have built will start converting draws into wins and climb the table towards the play-off places.
“I would like to thank the players, coaches, medical team and support staff at Bodymoor Heath, who are some of the most committed and talented I have worked with. I would also like to thank the fans and I am really appreciative of the support they have shown the club so far this season.
“Finally, I wish everyone at the club, Dr Tony Xia and the board, well for the rest of the season. I am sure that the work we have done over the past four months will contribute to seeing Villa back in the Premier League in the near future.”
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