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Roberto Di Matteo Links Growing Hotter

I like this report, mostly because I have a tenner on Roberto Di Matteo being our next manager! seem to have caught up with the rumour that Villa want the Chelsea caretaker manager.

According to reports, he hasn`t been told if he will be kept on at Chelsea yet, some of the London press are saying he won`t be as that arse who helped ruin the Premier League wants Pep Guardiola.

One of the many theories as to why we`ve not quite yet got a new manager is that we are waiting for Roberto. This report says he isn`t prepared to take just a one year contract whilst Chelsea wait for the ex Barcelona boss.

The Mirror says that he still lives in the Midlands at Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. I don`t think they have quite checked their facts there, he lives in Leamington Spa!

I digress.


Comments from Vital members:

Villan58: RDM is one of those managers I'd be happy to see at Villa but, only if we had a DoF in place and only if RDM had a very strong second in command with him, someone like Ray Wilkins. On his own, as an out and out manager, I would have to say a big, no thank you. Now I'll freely admit that my assessment of RDM might be completely wrong but, I have the impression from him that he is a very nice pleasant man, very even handed and fair. The other side of this seems to be missing from his character completely, you know the dark side, where he can demand things from his players and get it, just because he wants it. In other words, I don't think RDM is forceful enough to control a dressing room, especially one that has some senior players in it. He may well develop this side darker side but, I'm afraid until he does, he would be better off by remaining a coach.

HH2 I'd take him based as much as what he just did with Chelsea as what he did at MK Dons and Baggies where his teams played good stuff.

Pride of Lions: I'm on the fence with this one. He's certainly not the top of my list, but I would accept him over Martinez. He had the baggies playing some decent stuff before a bad run which saw him sacked. Has done a good job at Chelski. They were going nowhere before he took over in January. Ok he had to bring the seniors back to get things moving, but hey, he still did it. A couple of trophies to boot. Hasn't been a bad 4 months for him. Tempered with that, I still have a slight doubt he could take us back up to 5th-8th position due to lack of nous. But hey who knows.......

King Makoun II Lost all respect for him after a complete lack of support for AVB and then his celebrations against Napoli, sucking up to the players. He is clearly one to let the players do what they want with no discipline (same was the case at West Brom allegedly) and has played pretty poor football at Chelsea. Other than the wins at Barca and Bayern which though impressive were massively lucky they haven't been great.

BodyButter: I'd have no problem with him, however, if Chelski are willing to offer him a 12 month deal and he chose us over them, I'd be very suspicious. Surely any man who has confidence in his own ability would happily take a twelve month contract?

Deanovilla: Yep. Wanted him when he left West Brom and he's gone on to win a Champions League since then. Not sure how anyone could turn down a Champions League winning manager. Some fans have serious delusions of grandeur.

Maundy: He beat Barca and Bayern by setting out the most negative teams possible, aimed at stifling the opposition and catching them on the break. That's OK when you have players like Terry, Lampard, Cole, Cahill and Drogba, but I can't see it working with Dunne, Warnock, Collins, Ireland and Bent... I think that all RDM did during his time 'in charge' at Chelsea was tell the players what a nasty man AVB was for upsetting them and that he'll let them do what they want. Not convinced about him as a manager at all a the moment.

CliveTheVillan Some of my mates are Baggies fans and they say Di Matteo was a good manager but like many baggies managers he had no money, he got them promoted only finishing second to Newcastle who had a real strong team for the Championship and they played good passing attacking football, they also tell me many was gutted when they got rid of Di Matteo as they enjoyed his style of football the team played.

Wurzel Well i will tell you now, most of my family are WBA, and they did not shed one tear when he went. Has he learnt a bit more now? Lets hope so.

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Date:Sunday May 27 2012

Time: 10:48AM

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Tony Barton II - nice bloke, but not a long-term Villa manager. Not sure how much he had to do with Chelski's lucky run to European Cup victory. Not good enough for West Brom, and certainly not good enough for Villa.
Only reason he did well at Chelski was the players turned itaround once AVB had gone. Don't know howmuch influence RDM had really - probably all Terry, Lampard and Cole
this would worry me - i don't feel the culture would change under him... and we would be negative in our play one again... i can't take anymore boring games from villa. I've been watching it for years and its time we evolved with the current style of attacking play
No DoF that would be pure disaster... just give us Paul Lambert...
Roberto Di Matteo? No no no no no. Absolute negativity and massive amounts of luck saw Chelsea win the CL. Marginal improvements in general performances were down to Villas-Boas leaving, NOT Di Matteo's influence. Would be a bad move.
do you not make your own luck?
or would you prefer Gareth SOUTHGATE?
Lambert, Lambert, Lambert!
Ok I am sick of this Di Matteo talk, he is crap. He took over a team that were in a bad position and said lets just start playing the obvious starting 11 and told them to try and do what jose had you doing. It does not take a great manager to take that chelsea team and get the results he got as he was only focus on the day to day results. He just ignored the key problems in the team, the very problems that AVB tryed to change and ruffled the feathers of the egos at the bridge, that kicked up in order to try and get rid of him. When Di Matteo fixes these problems and plays some decent football then we can look again and ask if he is a good manager. He is as over rated as Martinez.
Tallaght Villan
Not keen on RDM personally. He restarted a stalled ship at Chelski. Ours is pointing in completely the wrong direction and needs a different set of skill sets completely. Still keen on Poyet/Zola or Martinez personally. I have a nagging doubt over Lambert, but that is just a personal opinion as his credentials are excellent.
Villa need a manager who has a good reputation and can attract a wide range of players from abroad, I'm sure if Di Matteo got the job players abroad would think he is a miracle worker, Lerner should of gave McLeish a handful of cash to succeed but he didn't, With us lowering our wage bill over the last couple of seasons we should have a decent amount of cash. The right foreign players you can grab for a few Million, Just look at Norway totally outplayed England in the Second half and yet cost a fraction of the price of England stars.
villa 4 ever
Not for me. Don't think RDM had to do a great deal at Chelski. They just went back to same old, same old. Only a penalty kick more successful than Avram Grant and nobody is exactly beating his door down.
He's certainly not top of my list, he's about 5th choice, but I would back him.
Pride of Lions
I'm gobsmacked by so many comments in the last month, just about every manager talked about has been ripped apart and called crap. And yet everyone was well up for a totally inexperienced Man Utd fan... Amazing!
The Fear
This would only work for me if Wilkins or Clarke were his number 2.
I've never really been a fan of Di Matteo but he has won the champions league. For me, he isn't my favourite choice but right now, anyone is better than... ahem.
Avfc94 we do
I just didn't know that we had so many fans that knew all of the ins and outs of the Chelski dressing room and team selection. Amazing!
Think he would do a good job. Could not understand West Brom sacking him yes they had a bad run but thats normal for miost teams every season. Also believe he did a fabulous job at chelsea where he got an aging team to win not one but two cups. Would question where luck comes into it it was a fabulous backs to the wall fight against probably the best team in the world over the lastt few seasons. that got them to the final. As for Bayern that was their poor play that cost them also not forgetting some fine goal keeping.

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