Aston Villa had a disastrous season last year being relegated from the Premier League with just 17 points, only winning 3 games all season.
Their fate was sealed early in reality with their two best players Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph being sold to Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.
Weimann was sold to Derby, Vlaar was let go on a free transfer and Darren Bent also went to Derby. They failed to sign players with any Premier League experience, signing players from the French Leagues most notably Jordan Ayew and Jordan Amavi who both proved fairly successful.
Players like Idrissa Gueye and Scott Sinclair didn’t have bad seasons either, but the former is expected to leave whilst Rudy Gestede who was their joint top scorer has proven he can do it at this level with Blackburn.
The manager at the start of the season Tim Sherwood saw his team win their opening game against Bournemouth before then losing 8 of there next 11 games, and Sherwood was sacked with that opening day win his only success at the club.
After some instability Remi Garde was appointed, fortunes did not get much better with the side winning only 2 more games that season.
Garde left at the end of March when the side’s fate was sealed and had lost 11 in a row including a 6-0 defeat to Liverpool.
But after Randy Lerner sold the club to Tony Xia there is reason for the fans to be optimistic in the Championship next year, so here are THREE reasons why Di Matteo will lead them to glory…….