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Champions League winner officially announced as new Aston Villa boss

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After months of rumour and weeks of intense speculation, Roberto Di Matteo has been named the new manager of Aston Villa FC by outgoing chairman, Steve Hollis.

Roberto Di Matteo previously held roles at Schalke, West Bromwich Albion and MK Dons.

We reported on this story yesterday, but the club have finally decided to announce Di Matteo's appointment 24 hours later (What took them so long)?

Roberto will be the man to succeed Remi Garde as Aston Villa's manager and will perhaps face a tougher task than his predecessor as Di Matteo must root out the dead wood at Aston Villa (there's a lot of it) before hopefully leading Villa back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

There are concerns in the Villa fanbase about Di Matteo's ability to build a squad, but Tony Xia is set to allow Di Matteo to get straight to work on chipping away the £50 Million transfer budget he has been set. That's a sign of Xia's confidence in passing the FA's 'Fit and Proper' tests that he is currently being scrutinised under and must pass before he can take control of Aston Villa.

It's almost over and Villa are a statement away from moving forward into what seems to be a prosperous new era!