• Reuters


Roberto Di Matteo is the new manager of Aston Villa, the Premer League team announced on its website on Friday.

The 46-year-old Italian, who won the Champions League during a short spell in charge of Chelsea, takes over weeks after the club was relegated from the Premier League.

“It’s a wonderful honor 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,” Di Matteo said.

Villa endured a dreadful season, firing manager Tim Sherwood in October as well as his replacement Remi Garde in March.

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