Aston Villa monitoring Di Matteo situation

With the Premier League season officially at its end, the coming weeks and months will be one for teams to rebuild and Aston Villa are in particular need of reshaping after a dismal season under Alex McLeish, who has just been dismissed.

Sources suggest that the Birmingham club are keeping tabs on the situation at Stamford Bridge and are set to pounce should Roberto Di Matteo fail in landing the Chelsea manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Despite his Champions League and FA Cup double victory, Di Matteo isn’t certain to remain as manager of Chelsea and is still under some scrutiny courtesy of club owner Roman Abramovich.

The former West Brom boss has the backing of a large portion of the Blues’ fanbase and would presumably favour a return to Premier League managing as soon as possible.

The Villa board already sprang a surprise on the football community when it emerged that Manchester United alumni and legend, Ole Gunner Solskjaer, was in the running for the role.

Solskjaer is currently at the helm of Norwegian side Molde but if reports are to be believed, would jump at the chance of managing at the Premier League.

His only previous experience managing in England was in a head coach position with the Manchester United Reserves.

Di Matteo already delivered one revival in 2012 by turning around the luck of Chelsea and the Villans will be hoping that he can perform similar magic should he take the reins at Villa Park.

The Birmingham outfit had a miserable tenure under Alex McLeish, slumping to a 16th place finish just two points away from relegation.

One would think that after such a successful end to the season, a club would be ecstatic with what Roberto Di Matteo has achieved as caretaker manager of Chelsea but it appears that his position is still far from safe and Aston Villa would consider themselves lucky to get their hands on what is quite obviously a very talented manager.

Tom is a recent graduate with a degree in Broadcasting from Brighton University, having written for a variety of sports publications, as well as a keen football fan and season ticket holder.