On June 3rd, newly relegated Aston Villa announced the arrival of former Chelsea boss and Champions League manager Roberto Di Matteo.
Following a fairly disappointing season with Schalke 04, Di Matteo joined a side that had slumped to relegation and must be regarded as one of the worst teams in Premier League history.
When he arrived at the club, many of the fans were excited by his arrival but after just four months in the job, it seemed as though the fans were completely wrong.
— Con (@ConCarp98) June 3, 2016
. Excited at the prospect of a DiMatteo/ Clarke combo. In bocca al lupo, Roberto!
— David Bradley (@bradders_david) June 3, 2016
great appointment , time to fully back a manger !!!! #UTV
— Herbie Nicholls (@HerbieNics) June 3, 2016
get in lads!!! #WelcomeRoberto
— Harry (@HJMav) June 3, 2016
Better than Mourinho
— Darren (@ThyKingdomScum) 3 June 2016
Despite guiding the club to a historic Champions League and FA Cup double, Di Matteo only lasted eight months at the west London club and was controversially sacked to be replaced by Rafa Benitez.
His next job would be at Schalke 04 where he had a fairly below par season and missed out on the European spots.
After a season where the club had performed so poorly, the club needed a fresh new manager to guide them in the Championship and hopefully gain them promotion back into the Premier League.
His career at the club didn’t start well as he lost his first two games. Despite winning his third, the former Italy international failed to gain another three points for the remainder of the season and was sacked after the club’s 2-0 loss to Preston North End and became the fifth manager to be sacked by the club inside a year.
In truth, the former Chelsea boss took a job that looked like it was always going to end badly. The team was poor and the board had a history of sacking their managers, so it seems the Villa fans had reason to be excited although it turned out to be completely misplaced in the end.
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