Roberto Di Matteo was fired as manager of Aston Villa on Monday after picking up just one win in the opening 11 league games of the season.
Di Matteo, 46, lasted just four months at the job after being hired in early June by the Championship side with the vision of bouncing straight back up to the Premier League. But after the 2-0 defeat to Preston over the weekend, the club is sitting in 19th place in the Championship standings after 11 matches with 10 points.
The club announced Di Matteo’s sacking on their website.
“Aston Villa Football Club has today parted company with manager Roberto Di Matteo,” the statement read.
“The Club decided to act following a run of disappointing results which has the left the team occupying 19th position in the Championship.
“The Club would like to place on record its appreciation to Roberto for all his efforts in helping rebuild the squad and wish him well for the future.
“Steve Clarke will take over as caretaker manager during the search for a new manager.”
Villa, with new owner Tony Xia, spent a lot of money over the summer in an effort to bolster the squad. The club broke the Championship transfer record twice, first by signing Ross McCormack from Fulham for an initial fee of £12 million, and then again when they brought in Jonathan Kodjia from Bristol City for £15 million.
Assistant manager Steve Clarke has been named caretaker manager while the club looks for a permanent replacement.