By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore has urged Aston Villa to hire a manager with “a proven record” and the “personality” to match the expectation of supporters.
The club announced on their official website on Monday morning that manager Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked after just 123 days in charge.
Villa appointed the Italian in June after relegation from the Premier League, but the former Chelsea boss only registered one win in 11 league games to leave the club 19th in the table on ten points.
Broadcaster and ex-Villans striker Collymore urged owner Tony Xia to make the right choice following the club’s owner decision to sack the Italian after five months in charge.
“Maybe someone with a proven record in the league,” Collymore wrote on his personal Twitter account. “With personality to match expectation of the support. Good place to start.”
Steve Bruce and Huddersfield manager David Wagner are reportedly among the leading contenders for the vacant Villa post, while Bristol City’s Lee Johnson has also been mentioned as a candidate.
Di Matteo won promotion from the Championship to the Premier League with Midlands rivals West Brom in 2009/10, and memorably steered Chelsea to a Champions League triumph in 2012.
But the former Schalke boss was unable to stop club conceding late goals on five occasions this term, which cost the side a possible eight points.
Villa are now two points above the relegation zone, as they search for their fourth permanent manager since the sacking of Tim Sherwood last November.
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