By Will Butcher

Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has dismissed rumours that manager Roberto Di Matteo has just two games to save his job.

The Champions League winning manager has made a terrible start to life at Aston Villa, winning just one game in ten league and cup encounters.

Answering a fan on his personal Twitter account, Xia stated that the “media knows something he does not know himself.”

The Guardian had claimed that the former Schalke boss must win one of the club’s next two matches or face being sacked, but Xia had allayed Di Matteo’s fears by dismissing the rumours.

Villa face two away fixtures against Barnsley and Preston in their next matches and Di Matteo will need his side to pick up some much-needed wins, after spending almost £60million of the new owner’s money on the likes of Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester.

The Midlands giants have drawn six of their opening nine games and currently sit 17th in the table.

Aaron Tshibola scored a late equaliser against Newcastle on Saturday but the club are struggling to secure wins on the pitch.

With losses against the likes of Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and League Two minnows Luton Town, a win against Barnsley on Tuesday night will come as a huge sigh of relief to Di Matteo.

In other Aston Villa news, Ian Holloway has predicted this close encounter between Villa and Barnsley in his Sky Sports column.