Six no-nonsense successors who’d turn Aston Villa around

It’s always difficult for clubs to transition to life in the Championship, especially after spending 28 years in the top flight, but Aston Villa are handling theirs particularly badly.

Indeed, since plummeting out of the Premier League at the end of last season, the Birmingham outfit have won just once in twelve attempts across all competitions Рbeating Championship whipping boys Rotherham 3-0 back in August.

Accordingly, Villa’s hierarchy have felt compelled to respond and officially sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo this morning following a 2-0 defeat to Preston on Saturday.

But managers are often made the scapegoats and it can’t all be Di Matteo’s fault; after all, over ¬£50million worth of talent moved to Villa Park during the summer and some of the signings simply aren’t pulling their weight.

Indeed, Villa’s squad needs the hairdryer treatment – in other words, a no-nonsense manager needs to put the fear of god into the players and transform the seemingly apathetic culture of the dressing room.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at SIX Di Matteo successors who fit the bill…

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