It was rumored but Aston Villa got the man they wanted to help guide the club back to the Premier League next season.
After a 2015-16 campaign that saw plenty more disappointments than positives, Villa has made sweeping changes this offseason.
The club confirmed the hiring of new manager Roberto Di Matteo on Friday, after several successful coaching stints in England.
“It’s a wonderful honour for me to become manager of this great football club and I’m looking forward to the challenge of taking Aston Villa back to its rightful place,” Di Matteo said upon being hired.
Well known for his Champions League achievement with Chelsea in 2012, Di Matteo will have to wait a bit for that sort of opportunity, however, the task at hand for the Italian remains quite important.
In addition to his triumph with the Blues, the 46-year-old previously guided West Bromwich Albion to Premier League promotion in 2010, something that he will now try to replicate with the Villans when they play in the Championship come August.
The historic club has brought in new owner/businessman Tony Xia this offseason, and it already appears to be paying dividends between his financial awareness and now the addition of Di Matteo.