By Harry Sykes

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Roberto Di Matteo has appointed Steve Clarke as his No2 at Aston Villa, the club announced on Monday.

The former Chelsea and West Brom boss was announced as Villa’s new manager on Friday and he has now announced his backroom team.

The Italian’s first-team coaching staff of assistant manager Clarke, first-team coach Kevin Bond, goalkeeping coach Massimo Battara and fitness coach  have all agreed contracts with Villa.

Di Matteo and Clarke have never worked alongside one another in management before, but spent two years at Chelsea as teammates.

Clarke has a considerable coaching portfolio, which includes spells as manager at West Brom and Reading and assistant manager at Newcastle, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool.

He was sacked by Reading last December but his current knowledge should prove invaluable to Di Matteo, who has not managed outside of the top flight since he gained promotion with West Brom in 2010.

The 46-year-old is charged with steering Villa back into the Premier League and ensuring their stay in the Championship is a short one.

In other Villa news, the club have launched a bid for an in-demand Ajax winger.