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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."


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Di Matteo wants to build on Chelsea success

Roberto di Matteo led Chelsea to double cup glory last season Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Newly-appointed permanent Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo says he has already started planning how to repeat the success of last season.

The Italian led the club to Champions League and FA Cup wins as caretaker boss and has been rewarded with a two-year deal.

"I'm obviously delighted to have been appointed as manager and first-team coach. We all achieved incredible success last season that made history for this great club," the 42-year-old told Chelsea's official website.

"Our aim is to continue building on that and I'm already planning and looking forward to the squad's return for pre-season."

Chelsea chief: Di Matteo was 'the clear choice' as boss

"Roberto's quality was clear for all to see when he galvanised the squad last season and helped the club make history, and the owner and board are very pleased he will be continuing his good work.

"We all believed he was a young coach with much to offer when we first asked him to take charge of team affairs in March and the manner in which he worked with us, the players and all the staff, and the success that followed, made him the clear choice when it came to selecting the person to take us forward in the seasons to come."

– Ron Gourlay, Chelsea chief executive

Roberto Di Matteo appointed permanent Chelsea manager

Chelsea's John Terry and manager Roberto Di Matteo (centre) celebrate winning the UEFA Champions League. Credit: PA

Chelsea have confirmed they have appointed Roberto Di Matteo as their permanent manager and first-team coach on a two-year contract.

"Although he has set the bar very high in the short time he has been in charge, we know that Roberto is the right man to lead Chelsea on to further success," said a statement on Chelsea's official website.

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