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Aston Villa to announce new manager on Wednesday

Aston Villa's owner Dr Tony Xia Credit: PA

Aston Villa's owner Dr Tony Xia has just tweeted that the club will announce their new manager tomorrow (12 October).

Former Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce is the bookies favourite to take the job since leaving Hull City in the summer.

Roberto Di Matteo: 'Deeply disappointed to be leaving Aston Villa so soon'

Roberto Di Matteo has released a statement saying he is disappointed to have left Aston Villa so soon. Credit: Nick Potts PA Wire/Press Association Images

Roberto Di Matteo has released the following statement after being sacked as Aston Villa boss:

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.

– Roberto Di Matteo

Caretaker boss Clarke in frame for Villa job

Aston Villa caretaker manager Steve Clarke will be given a chance to stake his claim for the job with Steve Bruce and Dean Smith also in the frame.

Steve Clarke is in temporary charge of Aston Villa. Credit: PA

The Sky Bet Championship strugglers are searching for a new boss following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo after just 12 games with Villa two points above the relegation zone.

Press Association Sport understands chief executive Keith Wyness and technical director Steve Round met on Monday after Di Matteo's exit to begin their search for a replacement.

A shortlist will be drawn up over the next couple of days, with Clarke expected to be on it, and no approaches have been made to any clubs or individuals yet.

Villa do not play again until October 15 when Midlands rivals Wolves visit Villa Park leaving Clarke almost two weeks to make his mark along with first-team coach Kevin Bond.

Ex-West Brom boss Clarke is popular with the players and has impressed the Villa hierarchy since he joined as Di Matteo's assistant in June, although he has not managed since leaving Reading in 2015.

Brentford boss Smith has been identified by Villa as a contender while Bruce, out of work after leaving Hull in the summer, is another under consideration.

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Aston Villa midfielder signs new four-year contract

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish will remain at the club till 2020. Credit: PA Images

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has signed a new four-year contract with the Midlands club.

The England U21 international, who turns 21-years-old on the weekend, has committed his future until the summer of 2020.

He says he's "thrilled" at the signing and it looking forward to bringing success to the team in the next few years.

Everyone knows this is a Club I love dearly – and it’s the place I want to play my football.

Bodymoor Heath provides a great environment in which to continue my football education and to call Villa Park home is something I will never take for granted.

We’re looking to return to the Premier League. I want to be a big part of that process and will be doing everything possible to make that a reality.

– Jack Grealish
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Aston Villa appoint ex-Man United assistant to role

Steve Round has become the technical director of Aston Villa, the Championship have confirmed.

The former England and Manchester United assistant will work alongside manager Roberto Di Matteo at Villa Park.

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