Di Matteo bombshell: This is how long he has to save Aston Villa career - report
By Dominic Toner
Roberto Di Matteo has just two games to save his Aston Villa job, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that the manager must win one of the club’s next two matches or face being sacked.
The report details that Villa’s chinese owner Tony Xia is highly ambitious and the board are frustrated that the club are not around the play-off positions.
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.
The Midlands club face Barnsley on Tuesday night and meet a team that have been a surprise package so far, with the club seventh in the table following their promotion from League One last season.
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Di Matteo’s side then face a visit to Deepdale on Saturday to face Preston, who also have nine points from the opening nine games in the league.
The Sun claimed on Saturday evening that Steve Bruce is a leading contender to replace Di Matteo at Villa Park, something which did not go down well with the club’s supporters on Twitter.
Villa have endured a difficult start to the campaign in their first ever taste of the Championship.
The club’s only league victory to date came in a 3-0 triumph against Rotherham but they have become the draw specialists of the division.
Villa 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 searching for wins on the pitch.
Di Matteo was only appointed the Villa boss in the summer and has been tasked with returning the club to the Premier League.
The former Chelsea manager has struggled to get the best out of a talented squad and results could mean his short stay is ended.
In other Aston Villa news, Dion Dublin has claimed that the club’s star is letting the fans down.