Di Matteo was yesterday confirmed as the club’s fourth permanent boss in 16 months after signing a two-year deal worth £35,000-a-week – plus a £2m bonus if he steers Villa back into the Premier League.
After ending 12 months in the managerial wilderness, the former Chelsea boss is relishing the task of helping restore Villa’s pride on and off the pitch.
“It’s a wonderful honour for me to become manager of this great football club,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of taking Aston Villa back to its rightful place.
“Football is a simple game which people can over-complicate by forgetting the basics. You have to start with the basics and build on those foundations. It’s important to get the basics right and then build from there.”
One of the biggest jobs facing Di Matteo will be to win back supporters alienated by an abysmal season and to restore discipline in the dressing room.