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Di Matteo: Managing Aston Villa is 'a wonderful honour'

Roberto Di Matteo has called it a "wonderful honour" to be named Aston Villa manager.

Di Matteo is the new manager of Aston Villa. Credit: PA

Villa confirmed the Italian's appointment as Remi Garde's permanent successor on Friday morning, signing a two-year contract.

He arrives at a club in a tailspin, suffering the effects of problems both on and off the pitch which culminated in relegation from the Premier League following just three league wins - and four managers.

Despite returning to management at Championship level, the former West Brom and Chelsea boss is relishing the challenge of what lies ahead as he attempts to repeat his success with the Baggies in 2010 by winning promotion back to the top flight.

He said: "It's a wonderful honour 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."


Aston Villa target Roberto Di Matteo as new manager

Aston Villa are expected to step up their move for Roberto Di Matteo after Chinese businessman Tony Xia completed his takeover

Di Matteo is Aston Villa's number one target. Credit: Reuters

Villa confirmed in a statement that former owner Randy Lerner's reign had finally come to a close following the deal with Xia's Recon Group.

A club statement read: "Aston Villa Football Club is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed today for the sale of 100 per cent ownership by Randy Lerner to Recon Group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia subject to the approval of the Premier League and the Football League."

Xia has reportedly already been in contact with representatives of former West Brom and Chelsea boss Di Matteo over taking up the role vacated by Remi Garde - although other contenders remain in the frame.

In the statement Villa said Xia developed his love of the game after playing as a striker whilst at college - and that he had become a fan of Villa "many years ago".

It added: "Dr Xia's immediate objective is to return Aston Villa to the Premier League and then to have the club finish in the top six, bringing European football back to Villa Park. He plans to make Aston Villa the most famous football club in China with a huge fan base."

Bevington leaves advisory position at Aston Villa

Bevington joined the club to review and evaluate the managerial position and playing staff. Credit: PA

Adrian Bevington has left his advisory position with Aston Villa, the club have announced.

Former Football Association executive Bevington joined the club to review and evaluate the managerial position and playing staff at Villa Park in March.

He follows David Bernstein and Lord Mervyn King after the pair quit the relegated side last month and stating their new football board had found it impossible to implement a new structure.

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