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Aston Villa part company with assistant manager Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke has left the club. Credit: PA

The assistant manager of Aston Villa has left the club after the appointment of new manager Steve Bruce. It is thought the former West Bromwich and Reading boss had hoped to stay on to replace Roberto Di Matteo. In a Tweet this afternoon the club announced his departure as part of a broader range of changes to 'backroom staffing.'

Aston Villa confirm Steve Bruce as manager

Bruce has been appointed as the replacement for Roberto Di Matteo. Credit: PA Wire

Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of former Birmingham City, Wigan and Hull boss Steve Bruce as their new manager.

He replaces Roberto Di Matteo who was sacked earlier this month following a poor start to Villa's season in the Championship.

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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
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