Villa Appoint di Mateo, Monk to Lead Leeds

Former Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has been appointed the new manager of Aston Villa.

The Italian succeeds Remi Garde, who was sacked in March before the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

Di Matteo, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012, will be assisted by former Blues team-mate Steve Clarke.

Villa were also linked with ex-Manchester United boss David Moyes and new Derby County manager Nigel Pearson, but Di Matteo was always first choice.

Dr Tony Xia, the Chinese businessman whose takeover of Villa is awaiting Football League and Premier League approval, is convinced Di Matteo will raise the West Midlands club’s profile in the Championship.

The former West Brom and Schalke boss and Clarke, 52, have been out of management since last year.

The pair have never worked together in management but were Chelsea team-mates for two years.

Monk to Leeds

Meanwhile, former Swansea City boss Garry Monk has been appointed as Leeds United’s new head coach.

The 37-year-old has signed a one-year rolling contract with the Championship club to replace Steve Evans, who left his position on Tuesday.

Monk was sacked by the Swans in December 2015 after 18 months in charge of the Premier League side.

“I want to be challenged and really get my teeth into a big project,” he told the club website.

“That was the underlying factor throughout the whole process and that’s the reason why I’m here today.”

Monk, who spent 10 years at Swansea as a player, becomes the sixth full-time head coach appointed by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino since June 2014.

Evans guided the club to 13th in the Championship but did not have his contract renewed by the Italian.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson and Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke have both previously turned down the role.

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