Simon Jordan identifies 'terrible' decision which Aston Villa lived to regret

A general view of The Holte End at Villa Park, home stadium of Aston Villa prior to the Sky Bet Championship match at Villa Park on September 18, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa are in their third season as a Championship team and former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has given his view.

Roberto Di Matteo, manager of Aston Villa looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford at Villa Park on September 13, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Roberto di Matteo’s brief spell as Aston Villa is best left forgotten.

The Italian was Tony Xia’s first pick to lead the Midland giants back to the Premier League after their relegation in 2016 but Di Matteo was gone just 12 games into his career in charge of the fallen giants.

Villa won just one of those dozen matches with the man who led Chelsea to the Champions League title posting a win ratio of just eight per cent.


And, with Aston Villa still stuck in the second tier two years after Di Matteo was sacked, Simon Jordan has suggested that the decision to hand him the job has come back to haunt them.

“The Villa job came up and (Steve Bruce) took it over from Di Matteo, which I thought was a terrible appointment,” former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan told talkSPORT (October 14, 6.30pm).

“And if you look at some of the signings Di Matteo made, with respect to (Mile) Jedinak, he’s at the end of his career where they’ve taken on financial obligations which are unbelievable.

Roberto Di Matteo manager of Aston Villa in action during a Aston Villa training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on September 30, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

“You look at (Ross) McCormack who is a pain in the backside as he can’t even get out of his gates to get to the training ground.”

McCormack and Jedinak are just two of the big-name experienced signings Di Matteo made in an attempt to lead Aston Villa back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

But they, along with Tommy Elphick, Ritchie de Laet and co, arrived arguably well past their best. And, in the case of McCormack in particular, some have been little more than a drain on resources.


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