Former Aston Villa board member: One of these four men should replace Di Matteo
By Alex Taylor
Former Aston Villa board member Adrian Bevington has named the four men he believes are best placed to take over from Roberto Di Matteo as the club’s manager.
Di Matteo, 46, was sacked as the club’s boss on Monday after collecting just one win in 12 games.
The former Chelsea manager leaves Villa 19th in the Championship with 10 points after 11 league matches in charge.
“My two choices would be Steve Bruce – because of his record, and continued promotion wherever he’s been – and I’m a massive fan of David Wagner,” Bevington told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily.
“Other managers who are already in employment in that league who I think could do a very good job for Villa are Chris Hughton.
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“He’s very good in that division at getting teams out of the league, and I like Lee Johnson.”
Ex-Football Association communications chief Bevington spent a short period on the Villa board earlier this year before he left in the wake of David Bernstein’s exit.
Hughton has experience in managing top-level teams having previously taken charge of Norwich City and Newcastle United.
Johnson is less adept to managing bigger clubs but his Bristol City side currently sit fifth in the Championship, three points behind second place Norwich.
Di Matteo became the third boss to be sacked at the club in 12 months this week after string of poor results.
The club have appointed Steve Clarke as caretaker manager while the search for a new, permanent boss gets underway.
Villa now have two weeks to find their new man before their next match against Wolves on October 15th.