Aston Villa has suffered through a disastrous start to its Championship campaign, and Roberto Di Matteo could already be feeling the heat.
According to a number of reports including the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, Di Matteo is expected to be removed from his position as manager in the next 48 hours, although no certain decision has yet been made.
After being relegated from the Premier League last season by finishing bottom of the table with just 17 points, Villa’s horrific form has carried over to this season. The club has started the Championship season with just a single win in its first 11 league matches, with that victory coming way back in mid-August. They sit 19th in the Championship table with 10 points.
While the club’s defensive record has improved mightily – just 12 goals conceded in 11 matches, a far cry from the 76 they allowed in the Premier League last season – the club still struggles to score goals. They have just three goals scored in their last five matches, despite spending $18.5 million on former Fulham striker Ross McCormack to alleviate the issues up front. McCormack missed a penalty late in their 2-0 defeat to Preston North End on Saturday.
According to the Daily Mail report, the favorite to replace Di Matteo is Bristol City manager Lee Johnson. Another favorite name is Steve Bruce, the man who suddenly left Hull City just days before the Premier League season began. However, Villa will have to battle the FA for Bruce’s signature due to the England vacancy, a position Bruce was heavily linked to just before his Hull departure.