By Dominic Toner
Stan Collymore believes that Roberto Di Matteo should be given five more games to save his Aston Villa career.
The Villa manager is under immense pressure right now after the 1-1 draw against Barnsley on Tuesday night, with several fans calling for him to be sacked on Twitter after the game.
Jordan Ayew had given Villa the lead in the second-half but Sam Winnall scored a 90th minute equaliser for the home side.
Villa are currently placed 17th in the Championship table and have earned just 10 points from as many matches.
Former Villa player Collymore posted on his personal Twitter account that results must improve in the next five games for Di Matteo to remain at Villa Park.
“We’re averaging a point a game,” he replied when asked about Di Matteo’s future. “If that continues, would have us around 15th in May. No improvement in next five, pull the rip cord.
“I don’t want RDM to be sacked, club was a mess, but result have to come. We know that, Dr (Tony Xia) knows that, Robbie knows that.”
Villa face Preston, Wolves, Reading, Fulham and local rivals Birmingham in their next five games.
The Midlands club are already seven points adrift of the play-off places and were expected to challenge at the top-end of the table.
Di Matteo managed to build a formidable squad over the summer but his team have failed to gel on the pitch.
The result against Barnsley was the club’s seventh draw of the league campaign and their only win came against Rotherham in August.
The former Chelsea manager will be desperate for a result on Saturday when Villa travel to Deepdale to face Preston.
In other Aston Villa team news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Ashley Westwood’s axe against Barnsley.