Roberto di Matteo is the new Aston Villa manager and will be assisted by former Chelsea team-mate Steve Clarke. Ex-Chelsea, West Brom and Schalke boss Di Matteo replaces Remi Garde, who was sacked in March prior to the club’s relegation from the Premier League. Italian Di Matteo, 46, and former West Brom and Reading boss Clarke, 52, have been out of management since last year. Di Matteo, who guided Chelsea to Champions League success in 2012, was always the first choice of Dr Tony Xia. The Chinesse businessman, whose takeover of Villa is currently awaiting Football League and Premier League approval, is convinced that Di Matteo will raise Villa’s profile in the Championship.