By Will Butcher

Fans have reacted in astonishment on Twitter after Steve Cotterill emerged as a surprise candidate to take the Aston Villa job.

Roberto Di Matteo was axed by Villa on Monday after a dismal run that saw the Midlands giants win just once in 12 league and cup encounters.

According to the Birmingham Mail, former Bristol City boss Cotterill is set to be handed an interview by Xia after he was impressed with the manager’s CV.

The 52-year-old has enjoyed spells with the likes of Burnley, Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest but a move to Villa Park is likely to be his biggest job yet.

Fans have reacted to the potential appointment of Cotterill on Twitter, with many questioning if he is the right man to take the job.

Here are a selection of their tweets:

Cotterill joins a long list of candidates that have been rumoured to replace Di Matteo, with Steve Bruce, ex-England boss Sam Allardyce, former Villa boss Tim Sherwood, Brentford’s Dean Smith and Bristol City’s Lee Johnson all in the hat.

Despite not being as high calibre as the other managers on the list, Cotterill brings with him a wealth of Championship experience.

In other Aston Villa news, this Premier League stalwart could also be in line to take over at Villa Park.