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Xia Jiantong, the chairman of Recon Group, who has agreed to buy English soccer club Aston Villa, speaks during an interview with Reuters in his office in Beijing,

Aston Villa set to confirm Roberto Di Matteo as new manager on Friday

The former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is set to be confirmed as the new manager of Aston Villa on Friday, with Steve Clarke to act as his assistant. The Italian will sign a two-year contract and take over from Rémi Garde, who was sacked in March having won just two of the 20 Premier League matches he was in charge for.