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Chelsea legends Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Clarke to lead Aston Villa back into the Premier League

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The appointments of Roberto Di Matteo as manager and Steve Clarke as his assistant are expected to be made officially official tomorrow (Friday) by Aston Villa and their new (pending league approval) owner from China.  This one will most certainly feel better than the last ex-Chelsea boss to be announced as the new manager somewhere else.

Di Matteo had been out of a job for almost exactly a year, after resigning from his Schalke 04 post at the end of last season.  Former Chelsea teammate Steve Clarke was on the market for half that time, after getting the boot at Reading in his second managerial appointment.  He had a been a very successful assistant to several managers at Chelsea, as well as to Gianfranco Zola at West Ham United (and to Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool, but we don't have to talk about that).

Incidentally, Di Matteo's successor at Chelsea is also set to manage in the Championship next season after staying on with relegated Newcastle United.  So this means that the last two managers to win a European trophy for Chelsea will both be vying for Premier League promotion!

According to the BBC, RDM's two-year contract has a fairly sizable £2m bonus for gaining promotion.  Best of luck to him and to Clarkey.  Maybe we can help them out with a strategic loan or two?