Aston Villa

Proof That Lerner Is Actually …Stark Raving Mad?

Randy Lerner is reportedly looking to hire Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto Di-Matteo should Abramovich decide not to hire the Italian permanently at Stamford Bridge this summer, according to the Daily Star.

41 year old Di Matteo guided Chelsea to Champions League victory on Saturday against Bayern Munich, just two weeks after leading the London club to FA Cup victory at Wembley.

But despite his achievements Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is still unconvinced the former West Bromich Albion boss is the right man to lead the Blues forward, and seems to want a high profile, big name manager such as Pepe Guardiola to takeover the reigns at Stamford Bridge.  Di Matteo is set for talks with Chelsea this week, but if he does not land the job Villa are ready to step in for the Italian.

The Midlands club are looking for a replacement for sacked manager Alex McLeish who was dismissed last week after leading Villa to a disappointing 16th place in the Premiership last season.  In the last few days Villa owner Randy Lerner has had talks with former Manchester United striker and Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he is thought to have turned the job down.

Acording to an article in the Mail Norwich boss Paul Lambert is favourite for the job, with Wigan’s Roberto Martinez also heavily linked.  But Lerner is hoping that if Di-Matteo is not offered the job at Chelsea he could appoint the Italian at Villa Park.

But surely Di-Matteo has done enough to land the Chelsea job.  Abramovich needs to learn from his mistakes.  He has already gone through a plethora of ‘high profile’ managers at the Blues and no one has achieved anywhere near what Di-Matteo has achieved.  And if Di-Matteo hasn’t done enough for the job then what more can he do?

I would expect Di-Matteo to secure the Chelsea job on the strength of his achievements this season and I think it would be crazy to expect any other outcome.  However if the unthinkable does happen and Abramovich does decide to roll the dice with someone else, surely Villa would be too much of a step down for Di-Matteo.

With all due respect to Aston Villa they are not a big enough club for a Champions League winning manager to be tempted to.  After winning such a prestigious competition surely Di Matteo would be thinking more along the lines of a Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich big name, big money club.  At the very least I would assume he would want a club that will enjoy some form of European football next season.  A post at Aston Villa for me just doesn’t cut the mustard.

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