A little late in sharing my thoughts on the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo as Aston Villa’s new manager but I just awaiting his backroom team to be confirmed before letting you know what I think…
As mentioned in my previous post, I think it’s fair to say that Di Matteo was by no means my first choice nor that of fellow fans to be named Aston Villa’s new manager, however given the respective reasons for both Moyes and Pearson being ruled out, I thinks it’s fair to say Di Matteo remained the only choice. That is not to say Di Matteo is a bad choice but I think it’s fair to say that there was not a lot of other names being thrown around that had us thinking of anyone else.
I have always been fond of Di Matteo, what he achieved at West Brom in getting them promoted and also winning the Champions League with Chelsea. Both are outstanding achievements. That said, I will put my hands up and say that that Pearson was always my first choice, simply because of his no nonsense attitude. After 5 depressing seasons, Villa need someone to come in and hit the ground running, shifting the dead wood in the process. My personal opinion was that Pearson would have been the better candidate to achieve this. This is where I think Villa have been very clever in appointing Steve Clarke. I think Clarke is much more of a no nonsense coach and will compliment Di Matteo nicely in getting his hands dirty If needs be. Clarke also has a huge wealth of experience as a manager with the likes of West Brom and Reading and assistant manager roles with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and West Ham. For this reason, any reservations that I had about Di Matteo have been removed with what I see as a fantastic pairing.
We have also appointed Kevin Bond as a first team Coach, Bond who was the assistant to Harry Rednapp at Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Ranger will also bring a wealth of experience to the club.
I am not going to pretend I know too much about the other recruits in goalkeeping coach Italian Massimo Battara who has had spells at Napoli, Fiorentina, Inter Milan, Manchester City and Schalke 04. As well as new fitness coach Massimiliano Marchesi, who has worked at Inter Milan. That said, I think there is a lot of Football knowledge that has come in across the new backroom team. Premiership, championship and European experience right across the team.
If I was to be a little critical it would be that given that Di Matteo, Clarke and Bond have all had all experiences in management. Would there be any clashes between them in how to run the team? Personally, I don’t believe so. Obviously, they have not just been thrown together. Each of them would have been picked and put together with all having the same goal in rebuilding our great club and getting us back to the Premiership. They will all know their respective roles and the part that they all play in helping Villa move forward. As much as we are looking forward to the season ahead, the new backroom team will be just as excited.