By Dominic Toner

Jordan Amavi insists that Roberto Di Matteo is a “very good” manager despite being sacked by Aston Villa.

The Midlands club parted way with the Italian on Monday and named Steve Clarke as the caretaker manager.

Di Matteo endured a difficult time at Villa Park and earned just one win from 12 matches in charge across all competitions.

Villa are currently struggling in the Championship and are 19th in the table.

Amavi, 22, has revealed he was shocked by the club’s decision but believes the former Chelsea boss Di Matteo is still a top quality manager.

“I didn’t see it coming,” Amavi said, as quoted by the website France Football. “However, we know it is when a team doesn’t produces results, the manger is targeted.

“Personally, I think he’s a very good manager. When I was still on holiday, he called me to let me know he had faith in me, that he wanted me in the team. It’s a shame, that’s how it happens.”

Amavi made just six appearances under Di Matteo and will now hope to cement his place when a new manager is appointed.

The French left-back has been competing with team-mate Aly Cissokho for a starting position.

Villa owners have acted firmly in sacking Di Matteo and will hope their new boss can steer them towards the play-off places.

They were relegated from the Premier League in emphatic fashion last season but were expected to challenge for promotion.

In other Aston Villa news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter as manager odds on Mick McCarthy drop.