After Roberto Di Matteo’s dismissal, Aston Villa is wasting no time in their pursuit of his successor, Bristol City’s Lee Johnson and former Birmingham City boss Steve Bruce are currently the top targets, according to The Sun.
After a disappointing start to the season has seen Aston Villa with only a single win after the first eleven games, Aston Villa is languishing two points and three places above the relegation zone.
This has triggered Aston Villa’s owner Tony Xia into action, the Chinese owner gave Roberto Di Matteo an opportunity to turn Aston Villa’s season around but Di Matteo was only able to pick up a single point from difficult games against Barnsley and Preston North End.
Di Matteo’s departure has come in the midst of the international break which gives Aston Villa’s hierarchy two weeks to potentially find their next manager.
It has been reported that Bristol City’s young ambitious manager Lee Johnson is a potential target who has worked wonders with an exciting Bristol City side, which currently sits 5th in the Championship.
Almost as a polar opposite to Johnson, the other potential target that has been linked with Aston Villa is Steve Bruce, the former Birmingham boss would be a controversial option to take over.
Steve Bruce’s experience at gaining promotion to the Premier League from the Championship could be enough to persuade Aston Villa, to move for the unattached manager.
At the moment, Steve Clarke has the best opportunity as Aston Villa’s caretaker manager, but if Aston Villa looks to bring in the manager prior to Aston Villa’s next game at home against Wolves, Clarke may not get an opportunity to audition for the job.
Aston Villa fans, how do you feel about the news? Are you disappointed to see Roberto Di Matteo leave? Was it the correct decision? Of the managers who have been reported targets for Aston Villa, which would you like to see take over? Or is there a manager who has yet to be mentioned who you would prefer to take over? Let us hear your thoughts and opinions in the comment section!