By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa fans took to Twitter on Saturday evening to urge the club to sack Roberto Di Matteo after the team’s 2-0 to lowly Preston.
Goals from Ben Pearson and Jordan Hugill condemned Villa to a third defeat of the season, with Ross McCormack missing a late penalty.
It means they are 19th in the Championship table and just two places above the relegation zone.
The Guardian claimed earlier this week that the Italian could face the axe if he failed to pick up a win against Barnsley on Tuesday or Preston on Saturday.
Villa’s haul of just a single point from the two matches means that the spotlight will now be placed even more on the former Chelsea and Schalke manager, who was only appointed in the summer.
Supporters are furious at the failures of a team who were in the Premier League last season to overcome second-tier sides, and much of their disappointment is centred at manager Di Matteo.
The majority of fans called for Villa to sack Di Matteo just two months into his reign.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
That’ll do RDM. It’s not you, it’s me. No, wait. It’s you! Do the right thing and resign without angling for compensation. #avfc
— jonesy (@jonesy73) October 1, 2016
The club doesn’t deserve us fans travelling week in week out up and down the country when they give us nothing back RDM OUT !#avfc
— David (@ItsDaveeeee) October 1, 2016
— Richard Price (@richprice20) October 1, 2016
A lot of #avfc fans calling for the sacking of RDM. My question is who comes in? Who is available to turn things around?
— James (@jimmydoris1986) October 1, 2016
— pezza (@pezzaAVFC) October 1, 2016
— Adam Daly (@Porsalin) October 1, 2016
£50.5 million and in 19th place. Two points off relegation zone. Surely that’s it for Di Matteo #avfc
— Mark (@markswag101) October 1, 2016
Villa have started the season in disappointing fashion with only ten points from their opening 11 games, despite spending £50 million on transfers during the summer.
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