By Dominic Toner

Aston Villa have reacted on Twitter to a joke from Virgin Trains about their managerial search.

The Virgin Trains Twitter account claimed that “the next batch” of potential new managers were on their way to be interviewed by the club accompanied by an image of an empty carriage.

Villa did not react kindly on Twitter to the joke and responded with their own dig at the train company.

Villa have endured great difficulty in recent times with their managers and announced on their official website on Monday that Roberto Di Matteo had been sacked.

He became the third manager to leave Villa Park in the last year, following in the footsteps of Remi Garde and Tim Sherwood.

The Midlands club are currently struggling in the Championship and are 19th in the table.

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

The Guardian report that the club want Huddersfield David Wagner as their new manager and are also considering Steve Bruce.

Ex-manager Sherwood has not ruled out a return to Villa Park and admitted he would consider the vacant managerial role.

In other Aston Villa news, Harry Redknapp has identified when things started to go wrong at the club.